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. “
For forum registration, information, and updates visit lwvky.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kentucky Voting Rights Coalition - Upcoming events
Together Frankfort has been a member of the Kentucky Voting Rights Coalition since its inception. The coalition is open to all organizations and if you are interested in participating in any way, please check out the website link here.
In most states, voting rights are respected after someone completes their sentence, if they were ever denied. Kentucky is one of only two states that permanently take the right to vote from everyone with a felony in their past, unless they can navigate the complicated process to get a pardon from the Governor, or go through an expensive process of having their record expunged for a limited number of Class D felons.
312,00 people in our state can't vote because of these laws – that's about 1 in 11 voting age Kentuckians. Kentucky also has the nation's highest rate of Black voter disenfranchisement. One in 4 Black Kentuckians cannot vote due to the combination of over-policing in communities of color and our voter disenfranchisement laws.
Many of the issues Kentuckians face are impacted by who is able to vote. Disenfranchisement harms families by discouraging civic participation and decreases the political power of entire communities. Contact Dave Newton with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, for more information about the Kentucky Voting Rights Coalition. Let him know if you or your organization would like to be included as co-sponsors of any of these upcoming events.
Please follow the link for each event. Together Frankfort is not involved in organizing them -- because of the changing situation with COVID and the Delta variant, please check to ensure that any in-person events will be held.
Tues., Sept. 14, 2021: Spokesperson Training Webinar for People with Felonies in their Past; 7pm-8:30pm - https://www.mobilize.us/kftc/event/402900/
Fri. - Sat., Sept. 17 - 18, 2021; Soul of Second Street Festival, Danville, KY. Voter registration table and petitions.
Sat., Sept. 25, 2021: Door-to-door for Voting Rights in Lexington, KY.
Sat., Sept. 25, 2021: PAR-People Advocating Recovery-Annual Recovery Rally; 615 S. 3rd St., Louisville, KY; Including Voting Rights table (Click link to sign up.)
Capital Pride - A Together Frankfort Partner
Capital Pride KY, originally scheduled for September 18, 2021, on the beautiful Old Capital Lawn has been cancelled due to COVID-19. In addition, the Capital Pride KY Planning Team decided to cancel the scaled back in-person event on September 18th at Sig Luscher Brewery on 221 Miro Street in beautiful downtown Frankfort, KY.
Capital Pride is now working on a Virtual Pride Event the weekend of October 16th - please check their Facebook page or website for updates. Capital Pride is asking local businesses hang their pride flags that weekend so that folx can enjoy a self-guided pride tour. Support these businesses by purchasing and enjoying any pride specials they are offering. Thank you to all businesses which participate!
Message from Capital Pride - do us all a favor. Get vaccinated. Wear a mask. Enough already.
National Voter Registration Day - Tuesday, September 28, 2021