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Two Political Events in Aberdeen Tonight: Redistricting Forum and Cool Chili Feed!

“Will Your Vote Count?” asks the League of Women Voters. To answer that question, they are hosting a panel discussion and forum on redistricting here in Aberdeen tonight, 6 p.m., at the K.O. Lee Public Library. Local LWV chief Emily Guhin says tonight’s program will feature NSU political geographer Dr. Erin Fouberg, followed by a panel discussion of fair representation and an exercise in which audience members will be asked to draw political district boundaries on a hypothetical map. I’ll be there; if Al Novstrup or any Republicans show up, I want to be on their mapping team so we can practice honest boundary-drawing!

If you miss tonight’s redistricting forum, the League of Women Voters has similar events planned around the state to educate voters about what will be at stake in 2021, the next time we redraw our Legislative boundaries:

Alas, to engage in this practical policy discussion, I’m going to miss chili. Democratic candidate for state auditor and new blog sponsor Tom Cool is in Aberdeen, too, and the Brown County Democratic Party is hosting a chili supper and fundraiser for him tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in our super-awesome downtown headquarters.

I suspect the the Dems’ chili will cause less heartburn than our discussion of Republican gerrymandering. But I’ll take my chances.


  1. grudznick 2018-10-02 19:17

    grudznick would pick the Chili feed. Mr. Cool may not stand a chance, but we should at least give his chili a try.

  2. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-10-02 21:09

    Ah, grudz, you’d have missed watching your pal Al Novstrup getting his asshattery handed back to him by Susan Wismer. Twice.

  3. leslie 2018-10-03 07:47

    Rapid City districts are tricked out to dilute North Rapid, mixing in voters east to west over the hog backs and wind gaps from near EAFB to Nemo Rd (I may be misremembering the western gerrymander boundary SDGOP has manipulated in Dist 33, for example). Democratic candidates have suffered each election cycle, as expected. Perhaps LWV can help SD’s 2nd largest urban center.

  4. Debbo 2018-10-03 23:46

    “Al Novstrup getting his asshattery handed back to him by Susan Wismer. Twice.”
    Playing with us. You’re just playing with us.

    On West Blvd the SDGOP went house by house in their shameless gerrymandering. My friend who lives on the west side of it is in a different district than her next door neighbors on both the north and the south. She steps across her lawn into a different district.

    What anti-democratic crap. SDGOP wants a kingdom, not a republic.

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