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Presentation on Redistricting: The Real Voter Fraud

Feb 06, 2017
From Wikipedia: The word gerrymander (originally written Gerry-mander) was used for the first time in the Boston Gazette on 26 March 1812. The word was created in reaction to a redrawing of Massachusetts state senate election districts under Governor Elbridge Gerry (pronounced /ˈɡɛri/; 1744–1814). In 1812, Governor Gerry signed a bill that redistricted Massachusetts to benefit his Democratic-Republican Party. When mapped, one of the contorted districts in the Boston area was said to resemble the shape of a salamander.

NOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT:

REDISTRICTING – The Real Voter Fraud program that was scheduled for 2/9/17 at Kutztown University has been postponed as KU is closed due to weather conditions.

The program has been rescheduled for February 23, at 6:30 at Kutztown University, Academic Forum Building, Room 201.

Please note: 

the room number for the rescheduled event has changed to 201.

This presentation is free and open to the public.

A presentation on how gerrymandering affects our elections. Redistricting, also known as gerrymandering, happens every 10 years after each national census when Pennsylvania politicians divide the state into electoral boundaries based on population. Politicians try to maximize the wasted votes for the opposing party while minimizing its own when drawing these boundary lines. This has the effect of diluting your vote.  Pennsylvania is ranked 5th from LAST among all states in the Country for electoral fairness. Berks County is one of the most gerrymandered Districts in the State. 

Welcome and Introduction by Dr. Steve B Lem, Associate professor & Chairperson, Dept. of Political Science & Public Administration Kutztown University

Speakers: Senator Judy Schwank / Berks County 11th District  “Legislating in a Polarized Environment”

Diana Dakey of Fair Districts, PA: Fair Districts is a non partisan coalition with leadership from the League of Women Voters, PA and Common Cause, PA

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