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Weekend forum to focus on gerrymandering



Monitor staff
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The issue of gerrymandering – drawing lawmakers’ districts to favor one party over the other – is in the news, and it will be the topic of a forum Saturday in Concord.

Titled “Citizen Action Against Gerrymandering,” it will feature an attorney who has argued redistricting cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and an Oregon senator who advocates what he calls “citizen-led redistricting” rather than redistricting overseen by whichever party is in control of the state Legislature, as is usually the case.

In recent months, courts in two states – North Carolina and Pennsylvania – have overturned the state’s map of congressional districts, arguing that they were so skewed as to deprive people of their voting rights.

The program, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m., will discuss both the national situation and the situation in New Hampshire.

Like all states, New Hampshire will redraw districts for state and federal lawmakers after the 2020 census.

The forum will be held at Sweeney Hall in NHTI on Saturday. Sponsors include the organizations Capital Coalition, Open Democracy, New Hampshire Progress Alliance, America Votes New Hampshire and Granite State Progress.