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Monday, November 14, 2011

Nov 3 Redistricting in Rhode Island: a Forum

Thursday, November 3rd, 7 PM,
First Unitarian Church, 1 Benevolent Street, Providence

co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island and Common Cause RI.

All states must redraw their electoral districts according to shifts in population after the U. S. Census is completed every 10 years.  The 2010 census showed a gain of 7,263 people in Rhode Island Congressional District 2.  Half that number will have to be reapportioned to District 1. Additionally, most of the communities in the southern part of the state have lost population. How will districts be redrawn to make them more equal? What does this mean for you and your neighborhood? 

Ryan Taylor, the redistricting consultant̢۪s chief staff person in RI, will give an overview of what has, and is expected, to happen as RI redraws its electoral districts. John Marion, Director of Common Cause RI will discuss the politics of redistricting and possibilities for reform. There will be plenty of time for questions, answers, and discussion.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Common Cause RI promotes representative democracy by ensuring open, ethical, accountable, effective government processes at local, state and national levels, and by educating and mobilizing the citizens of RI.

This program is free and open to the public. The church is fully handicapped accessible.

For more information, please contact Joanne DeVoe, joanned@qis.net, 401-247-3004.

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