The LWV National Convention – 27 June – 1 July 2018

The evening of Thursday, June 28th will be devoted to
A Conversation on Redistricting with Nick Stephanopoulos and Ruth Greenwood

You can watch it! This event will be live-streamed starting at 8:00 p.m. ET:  https://www.facebook.com/leagueofwomenvoters/videos/10156233947122279/.

Nick Stephanopoulos and Ruth Greenwood are experts in the field of redistricting and heavily involved in the U.S. Supreme Court Case Gill v. Whiford. Greenwood serves as a member of the legal team for the plaintiffs at the Campaign Legal Center, while Stephanopoulos helped to create the Efficiency Gap Theory, which is the standard being considered by the court in this partisan gerrymandering case.

Since this blurb appeared in the convention program, we know that the Supreme Court failed to act decisively in Gill v. Whitford (the Wisconsin case, and also in other cases), rejecting Greenwood’s theory about how to measure extreme gerrymandering.  Meanwhile, in Ohio we await the outcome of the ACLU’s lawsuit asking that implementation of Issue 1, overwhelmingly approved by voters in May, not be delayed until after the census but put into practice ASAP. All this suggests that redistricting will remain a League project for some time to come.

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Rita Kipp, President LWV Licking County, will be attending the national convention.

While in Chicago, I may not be able to respond as promptly as usual to communications by email.  I do hope to post photos on the LWVLC facebook page to share the flavor of my experiences with you.  I will be back in Granville on July 2nd.

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