Community Forum on Redistricting - Austin
by Fair Maps Texas- LWV
Sat, August 17, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM CEST
303 Colorado Street
Austin, TX 78701
The League of Women Voters Austin Area and Fair Maps Texas invite you to take part in a Community Forum on Redistricting aimed at mobilizing our community for the Texas Legislature’s upcoming public input hearings.
Texas is beginning the process for the 2021 re-drawing of state and federal legislative districts. Starting in the fall of 2019, the Texas House Redistricting Committee is planning Public Input Hearings for the 2021 redistricting. Hearings are tentatively scheduled for Austin on September 10, 2019 and September 10, 2020.
We will be hosting a Community Forum to help citizens prepare testimony for the House Redistricting Committee’s hearings. The event will be broken down into three sections:
A convening for community groups to share about where their communities of interest lie;
A citizen training to familiarize community members with the current redistricting process and criteria used to draw district maps;
A breakout session for citizens to work on testimony and partner with community groups.
Public comments at the Committee hearings will be used to assist the Legislature when it draws district boundaries. The focus of public testimony is to provide suggestions about improving the redistricting process and information about a region’s unique geographic and demographic characteristics from those residents most familiar with their own neighborhoods. Speaking up about your community is critical to ensuring district lines are drawn to keep your community whole and grouped with nearby communities with similar interests. This ensures that your voice is heard by your elected leaders across all kinds of government decisions.
If you would like to get a head start on preparing your testimony, please check out the Redistricting Toolkit on our website: https://my.lwv.org/texas/redistrictingcensus
If you have any questions about the event, please contact Stephanie Swanson, LWV TX, email@example.com
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