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LWV LOBBY DAY -- FEB. 12! This February, during the week of the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters, we're asking our members to convene at the SC State House to lobby for People Powered Fair Maps! One hundred years ago we fought for the right to vote; now it's time to make sure our votes matter by putting an end to partisan and incumbent gerrymandering.
10:00: Strategy Session at the SC Statehouse
11:00: Proceed to the Statehouse Lobby to meet with House Representatives
12:30: Centennial lunch (on your own; let's celebrate together in groups)
2:00: Return to Statehouse to lobby Senators
Contact your local league for possible carpooling plans.
WHY WE ARE DOING THIS:
WHY YOU SHOULD COME:
- South Carolinians deserve a choice in the voting booth; in the 2018 general elections, only 5 out of 124 legislative races had candidates that were within 10 percentage points of each other; more than half of the candidates were unopposed! This is partly because district lines have been gerrymandered to reduce competition, which leads to a polarized legislature that has less incentive to listen to constituents.
- If anti-gerrymandering legislation doesn't pass this spring, legislators could once again draw their own district lines behind closed doors. Now is our chance to get a redistricting reform bill passed before maps are drawn that will be in place until 2031.
LWVSC is over 1,000 strong in South Carolina, and we need you to show up on February 12! We also need to know how many to plan for. So please RSVP NOW!
- There's strength in numbers, and we need all of you to come to Columbia on February 12 to show that South Carolinians do not approve of gerrymandering! This is not a partisan issue. Regardless of who is in charge, we want a level playing field;
- Never visited your legislator in the Statehouse lobby before? That's OK! We'll have a training session before we move to the lobby so you know exactly what to do, and our volunteer lobbyist Lynn Teague will be with us to show us the ropes!
Invitation to join VOTERSRULE2020, our redistricting blog.
- If you can't join us, but want to help, please donate to our redistricting reform fund, which will help us educate voters and legislators on the need for fair maps. (Select the Donate button and then select pay with credit/debit card or use your PayPal account. For Credit/Debit card payment use the "Write a note" section near the top and add that this is for the redistricting campaign. For PayPal payment use the "Add a note" section and add that this is for the redistricting campaign.)
To sign up just click the "Follow" button on the bottom right corner of the blog page.
Stop the Gerrymander! LWVSC's redistricting effort seeks a bipartisan Redistricting Commission and lines which do not protect incumbents or political parties. Go to our Redistricting page to learn more, sign up for our blog, find a speaker, and get one of our Stop the Gerrymander bumper stickers. Learn More
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
...THEREFORE, I, Henry McMaster, Governor of the great State of South Carolina, do hereby proclaim February 2020 as LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS CENTENNIAL MONTH throughout the state and encourage all South Carolinians to congratulate the League of Women Voters of South Carolina on the League's 100th anniversary.
HENRY MCMASTER GOVERNOR
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
See the entire Proclamation Here.
2020 is our centennial year, and Keller Barron is Chair of the LWVSC Centennial Task Force! If you are interested in volunteering to work on our celebration activities, please contact your local LWV league. And watch this space for news of upcoming events!
See Press Release with contact information for November 2018 SC Election Data Analysis
See Analysis of November 2018 SC Election Data
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