ATHENS – Your voting power can be reduced by politicians’ use of gerrymandering. Join us at a bipartisan teach-in, “Make Every Vote Count: FairDistrictsPA – What’s In It for You?” on Wednesday, June 12 from 6-7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Athens and Sheshequin in Athens. Diana Dakey with FairDistrictsPA will be the speaker. She supports the organization’s outreach effort in Northeast Pennsylvania.
What is a fair district? In a fair district, which gives voters real choices at the ballot box and ensures that politicians are accountable, district lines are drawn to reflect community borders and natural boundaries (like rivers or mountains), and to create an accurate depiction of the population. Politicians use several tactics to draw lines that will ensure they keep their seats, and keep their party in power: cracking, packing, sweetheart gerrymandering, and prison-based gerrymandering. Citizen actions have led Colorado, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri and Utah to pass referendums throwing out the old partisan system. It’s time for Pennsylvania citizens to do the same.