“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.