Testimony guides

Events

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Citizen Training on Redistricting- Richardson
Saturday, November 9  
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Richardson Civic Center
411 West Arapaho Road, #Suite 102, Richardson, TX, 75080
Register HERE on Eventbrite

Host: League of Women Voters and the Texas Civil Rights Project

Featured Guests: State Representative Ana-Maria Ramos, Dr. Robert Lowry from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at UT Dallas, and Elisabeth MacNamara, the former National President of the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Texas and the Texas Civil Rights Project will also be covering their testimony guides.

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Corpus Christi - Public Input Hearing
Monday, November 4   
4 PM
Del Mar College

Center for Economic Development (CED) 

Room 106

3209 South Staples Street 

Corpus Christi, TX 78411

If you are unable to attend and would like to provide testimony, you may at any time email or call legislators on the Redistricting Committee. A list of committee member information can be found here: http://bit.ly/2KrYk0N

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Save the Date!
Citizen Training on Redistricting- El Paso
Saturday, November 23   
9 AM
Pat O’Rourke Recreation Center,
Dance Room 
901 Virginia St., El Paso, TX 79902

Hosts: League of Women Voters of El Paso, The ACLU of Texas 

Texas is beginning the process for the 2021 re-drawing of state and federal legislative districts. Starting in the fall of 2019, the Texas House Redistricting Committee is planning Public Input Hearings for the 2021 redistricting across the state.  Public comments at the Committee hearings will be used to assist the Legislature when it draws district boundaries. The focus of public testimony is to provide suggestions about improving the redistricting process and information about a region’s unique geographic and demographic characteristics from those residents most familiar with their own neighborhoods. Speaking up about your community is critical to ensuring district lines are drawn to keep your community whole and grouped with nearby communities with similar interests. This ensures that your voice is heard by your elected leaders across all kinds of government decisions.


Why people should testify at the public input hearings:

1.  This is your chance to influence the next round of district maps.  

2.  We need to create a record for future litigation.  Remember preclearance is gone, which means gerrymandering is about to get much worse in 2021.

 

3.  We need to call out the problems that were seen in the 2011 round of redistricting to make sure the same mistakes aren't being repeated.  A federal judge has already cited these problems in a recent hearing for bail-in, which essentially means that the state has been put under watch.  These problems are highlighted in the TX Civil Rights Project's testimony templates (see below).

Testimony guides

Testimony guides

Guide to Communities of Interest and Nonpartisan Criteria

by League of Women Voters of Texas

Recommendations for a Fair and Open Process

for an Honest and Open Process

by Texas Civil Rights Project

 

League of Women Voters 

Redistricting Tool Box

 

#Fairmapstexas

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