Take Two Actions Now:
Redistricting Legislative District Comments Needed
We need you to send testimony to the Redistricting Commissioners ASAP!
Washington State has a five member Redistricting Commission (2 Democrat and 2 Republican Commissioners and one non-voting moderator). Each voting Commissioner develops a map. Those maps have now been made available for public comment.
Here are the four maps proposed by the commissioners for Legislative Redistricting. If three commissioners can not agree on one map then the matter is sent to the State Supreme court. If this does go to court, your comments will provide evidence for our principles and values.
When you look at the Legislative maps drawn by the Republican commissioners Graves and Fain, it’s obvious that they made every effort to draw districts to their political advantage. In just about every swing district in the state, they gerrymandered the district to move it from a swing district to lean Republican as well as protect their incumbents. They had to pull out all the stops and ignore the stated criteria of the commission to do this.
Personalize your comments if possible. Read guidance from the League of Women Voters: How to write effective testimony. Written testimony is due to the commission by Oct 22.
League of Women Voters map specialist Alison McCaffree provides analysis for additional detail.
Action 1: Submit a Comment:
Email Subject Line: Legislative District Testimony
Script: I'm [NAME] from [CITY], [ZIP] . My top concern for Legislative Redistricting is to keep these communities of interest together:
Keeping communities of common interest together is more important than district competitiveness. I ask for fair and equitable representation without regard to party interests.
I urge you to adopt either the Sims or the Walkinshaw map because they have the least political bias, keep communities of interest together and are the best for respecting tribal sovereignty.
Thanks for your consideration
You can also testify in person at the October 5, 7:00 pm-10:00 pm Commission Outreach Meeting. Learn how to testify and comment from The League of Women Voters . Democrats Testimony training video.
Stop Pushing Voting Rights to the Back of the Bus
McConnell is using the filibuster to tie up the Senate so that Democrats won't have time to address voting rights. To date,17 new laws have been passed by Republican states to overturn legitimate election outcomes, but our Senate Democrats remain focused on economic reform rather than voting rights. They need to prioritize voting rights NOW, or we will lose our Democracy.
Action 2: Contact your Senators
Script: May name is_________. I am from Olympia Indivisible. My zip code is ________. Every day that passes, more Republican-led state legislatures are passing laws to end free and fair elections. With 17 new state laws that authorize the subversion of legitimate election outcomes, the future of Democracy is on the brink. Our house is on fire, but instead of prioritizing passage of voting rights legislation, Senate Democrats are facing off with each other over economic reforms. Meanwhile, McConnell steadily uses filibusters to bring all work to a standstill. His plan is to delay any action on voting rights until it’s too late.
I want Senate Democrats and Senate Democratic leadership to stop pushing voting rights to the back of the bus. Make filibuster reform and the passage of voting rights legislation your number one priority. Not next week, not next month. RIGHT NOW.
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