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Young WV Week of Action; Redistricting Public Hearings

Today kicks off a Week of Action organized by Young West Virginia. They are hosting rallies across the state to help garner community action in support of the For the People Act, John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and D.C. Statehood. These pro-democracy reforms are our once in a generation opportunity to protect our freedom to vote, end partisan and racial gerrymandering, and get dark money out of politics. Join a rally near you. Events are happening in:

Join Young WV’s week of action and play a part in fulfilling the promise of our democracy.

This week is also the start of a series of listening sessions hosted by the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Redistricting, with public hearings in Winfield (Tuesday 7/27) and Logan (Thursday 7/29). All 12 in-person public hearings will take place from 6 to 8 PM, with doors opening at 5:30 PM to begin the sign-in process. Anyone who would like to be guaranteed an opportunity to speak during the hearings will need to be present to sign in by 6 PM. 

See the full schedule and other redistricting information and resources compiled by our Fair Maps Committee here.

Let’s take advantage of the upcoming hearings to let legislators know that when it comes to our districts, we want a transparent process we can trust, where communities remain whole and where voters have an equal voice.

Redistricting Information and Resources

Congressional districts and government legislative bodies should be apportioned substantially on population. We oppose partisan and racial gerrymandering that strips rights away from voters.

Redistricting: Why It Matters – Political and racial gerrymandering distorts and undermines representative democracy by allowing officials to select their voters rather than voters to elect their officials. When done for purposes of racial discrimination or to ensure the dominance of one political party, gerrymandering runs counter to equal voting rights for all eligible voters.

What We’re Doing -  We promote transparent and accountable redistricting processes and to end hyper-partisan practices that don’t benefit constituents. We believe responsibility for fair redistricting should be vested in an independent special commission, with membership that reflects the diversity of the unit of government. 

Click here to learn more about redistricting, how the redistricting process is going to work in West Virginia this year, and what you can do to get involved.

Redistricting For the People! Teach-In

Learn more about how the redistricting process is going to work this year, how the For the People Act would impact it in the future, and what you can do to get involved. Speakers include Delegates Barbara Fleischauer & Evan Hansen and Senator Charles Trump, Co-Chair of the WV Legislature’s Joint Committee on Restricting with moderator Effie Kallas, Co-President of LWV-WV.

Redistricting For the People! Teach-In

Learn about Redistricting with Dr. Kenneth Martis

Learn about Redistricting with Dr. Kenneth Martis

This presentation was taken from the Stubblefield Institute’s Community Engagement event, “Redistricting on the State and Federal Level and How it Impacts the Eastern Panhandle” held on June 10, 2021. 

Dr. Kenneth Martis speaks about Redistricting at LWVWV Convention

Kenneth C. Martis Ph.D speaks at League of Women Voters West Virginia Convention May 15 2021

Professor Martis speaks on the electoral history of the United States. As an American political geographer his knowledge and expertise lies in mapping and documentation of electoral history. He is a Professor emeritus in the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia university. Professors Martis research of geography of Elections and geographical aspects of American political culture, legislative redistricting and gerrymandering are important and informative to all voters. 

League of Women Voters WV 2020 Legislative Priorities

The League of Women Voters of West Virginia supports:

  • Strengthening West Virginia’s water quality to reflect EPA recommended human health criteria as well as measures to ensure West Virginians have access to clean, quality drinking water.
  • Strengthening disclosure requirements for the sources of political campaign expenditures, including dark money. 
  • Establishment of an independent commission to draw up redistricting plans for representatives to the US House of Representatives and the WV Legislature.
  • Measures that encourage investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency in West Virginia’s homes, non-profits, businesses, and industries.
  • Maintaining expanded Medicaid coverage for the hundreds of thousands of West Virginians who rely on it for health care.
  • Measures that will assure that all West Virginia children have access to adequate nutrition in their homes and schools.
  • Measures to eliminate discrimination and to ensure equality of opportunity for education, employment, and housing for all West Virginians regardless of their race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability.

In keeping with its goal of encouraging participation by citizens in their government, the League will continue to monitor election laws and oppose measures which limit access to voting.

Our members will be following action on these and other issues during the 2020 session. We appreciate your willingness to undertake public service and work toward our shared goal of creating a better West Virginia for all of its citizens.

Click here to read our Legislative Priorities Letter 2020 to members of the WV Legislature. 

Some sources of news on the legislature:

Redistricting Public Meetings

WV Senate Redistricting Task Force Public Comment Meetings

The WV State Senate Redistricting Task Force will hold informational meetings around the state. (http://www.legis.state.wv.us/redistricting.cfm )

The Legislature is expected to hold a special session in August or September to redraw State Senate and House of Delegate districts.

May 4 (Wed) – Berkeley County, Martinsburg, WV

7:00-8:30 pm; Berkeley County Courthouse 2nd Floor Courtroom; 100 West King Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401

May 11 (Wed) – Ohio County, Wheeling, WV

7:00-8:30 pm; Ohio County Courthouse 2nd Floor, City Council Chamber; 1500 Chapline Street, Wheeling, WV 26003

May 18 (Wed) – Kanawha County, Charleston, WV

7:00-8:30 pm; Kanawha County Courthouse, 1st Floor, Commission Courtroom; 409 Virginia Street, East Charleston, WV 25301

May 21 (Sat) – Marion County, Fairmont, WV

10:00-11:30 am; Marion County Courthouse Division #1 Courtroom; 3rd Floor 219 Adams Street, Fairmont, WV 26554

May 25 (Wed) – Mingo County, Williamson, WV

7:00-8:30 pm; Williamson City Hall Council Chamber; 107 East 4th Avenue, Williamson, WV 25661

June 1 (Wed) – Raleigh County, Beckley, WV

7:00-8:30 pm; Governor Hulett C. Smith Theater; 1 Tamarack Park, Beckley, WV 25801

June 2 (Thu) – Pocahontas County, Marlinton, WV

7:00-8:30 pm; Marlinton Town Hall Auditorium, 709 Second Avenue, Marlinton, WV 24954

June 8 (Wed) – Logan County, Chapmanville, WV

7:00-8:30 pm; Chapmanville Municipal Building; 329 West Tiger Lane, Chapmanville, WV 25508

June 11 (Sat) – Cabell County, Huntington, WV

4:30-6:00 pm; Cabell County Courthouse, Courtroom #1; 750 5th Avenue, Huntington, WV 25701

June 15 (Wed) – Wood County, Parkersburg, WV

7:00-8:30 pm; Parkersburg Municipal Building Second Floor, Council Chamber; 1 Government Square, Parkersburg, WV 26101

June 25 (Sat) – Upshur County, Buckhannon, WV

To be announced…

July 21 (Thu) – Mercer County, Princeton, WV

7:00-8:30 pm; Mercer County Courthouse, Courtroom of Judge Sadler; 1501 W. Main Street, Princeton, WV 24740