Together Frankfort is a non-partisan, volunteer group of Kentuckians who seek to exercise and protect the principles embodied in our Constitution by being engaged and responsible participants in democracy.
Redistricting in Kentucky and the Fair Maps Initiative
The League of Women Voters of Kentucky (LWVKY) invite you to a virtual Fair Maps Forum, on Thursday, October 14, 7:00 - 8:30 PM EDT. Together Frankfort and the Bluegrass Central Chapter of the American Association of University Women are proud cosponsors of this important webinar. Please register, for the Frankfort Fair Maps Forum, as soon as possible!
The LWVKY webinar in Frankfort is part of a series of forums & webinars being held across the Commonwealth to share information about Kentucky’s 2020 Census data along with draft maps of legislative districts. Other Fair Maps Forums will be held:
~ Thurs., Sept. 16, 2021: Richmond - 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. EDT - VIRTUAL & IN PERSON: O’Donnell Auditorium, 521 Lancaster Ave.
~ Tues., Sept. 21: Hopkinsville – 6:00-7:30 p.m. CDT (7:00-8:30 p.m. EDT) - VIRTUAL
~ Wed., Sept. 29: Bowling Green, 6:00-7:30 p.m. CDT (7:00-8:30 p.m. EDT) - VIRTUAL
~ Mon., Oct. 18: Louisville – VIRTUAL 6:00-7:30 p.m. EDT; For those IN PERSON 5:30-7:30 p.m. EDT, with Program beginning at 6:00. Lang House, 115 S. Ewing Ave., Louisville
~ Thurs., Oct. 21: Lexington – 7:00-8:30 p.m. EDT - VIRTUAL
~ Tues., Nov. 2: Northern Kentucky – 6:30-8:00 p.m. EDT– VIRTUAL
~ Pikeville: Details to be posted soon.
The purpose is to seek citizen input on how the public could be better represented in their districts. As Kentucky state legislators begin to redraw district boundary lines to accommodate shifts in population within the state, the League is encouraging Kentuckians to share their ideas for new maps of voting districts. Regardless of ethnicity, zip code or interest, citizens need to be fairly represented in Frankfort & in Washington.
LWVKY will be sharing how boundaries can be drawn more fairly, solicit public input, and then draw recommended maps using the same mapping software used by state lawmakers. The presentations will include opportunities to ask questions & provide feedback so that all opinions may be taken into account.
In the past, gerrymandering has been used to redraw district boundaries to benefit incumbents in their bid for re-election, or to unfairly enhance political preferences. New district lines should be drawn to give each of our votes equal weight, each of our voices equal stature, & each of our communities equal access to the decision-making processes that affect us, including funding for our schools, hospitals, & other essential services.
“Since this redrawing of boundaries every ten years is so important to the way citizens are represented, it is imperative that the system be fair and open,” said LWVKY President Fran Wagner. “Regardless of any particular political party or interest group, the entire state benefits when redistricting is done fairly. “