The League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Here are two definitions of importance and links to learn more about the process.
"Apportionment: The process for allocating representative seats within a geographic area or political jurisdiction according to changes in population. For example: Seats in the United States House of Representatives are distributed among the 50 states according to each new Census, with states that gain population receiving more seats and those that lose population getting fewer."
This applies not just to Congress but also to all state voting districts. Links to all current districts can be found at the Tippecanoe County Board of Elections and Registration.
"Gerrymandering: Redrawing district lines in such a way as to create a particular result."
LWVIN, LWVGL and other Indiana Local Leagues are targeting the redistricting process for action. Go to the LWVIN website for details and resources to learn more about the process and read the 2013 revised LWVIN Redistricting Position. The Special Interim Study Committee on Redistricting established by the Indiana State Legislature during the 2015 General Assembly is reviewing the process for Indiana. We need you to be involved, contact Patsy Hoyer at 497-0103.
Two years ago the Supreme Court essentially invalidated the centerpiece of the Voting Rights Act with its ruling in Shelby County v. Holder. In January 2014 the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 was introduced by a bipartisan group of members of the House of Representatives. Read more. . .
New resources have been added under Positions on Issues titled, Reports of Interest. RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS AND ANALYLIS OF LEAGUE INTERESTS ARE PROVIDED FOR YOUR REVIEW. If you have suggestions for additional resources, contact the League.
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Directory of Government Officials
The Greater Lafayette League of Women Voters 2015 Directory of Government Officials is available. This publication contains contact information for elected and appointed officials and commissions for Tippecanoe County, Lafayette, West Lafayette, Battle Ground, Clarks Hill, Dayton and Shadeland. Copies have been distributed to public offices throughout the area. Pick up one today.