Fairfield LWV speaker explores Partisan Gerrymandering: What’s Next?’’

On Sunday, April 8, from 3-5 p.m. The Fairfield League of Women Voters presents “Partisan Gerrymandering: What’s Next?” featuring Thomas Wolf, Counsel with the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program. The event will take place at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield.

Among the many questions that Wolf will consider are:

  • What does the practice mean for democracy in America? For Connecticut? For Fairfield?
  • How did we get to this point — and what is significantly different now than, say, ten years ago?
  • What’s the Supreme Court’s past history with the issue and where they stand today? And what’s the outlook for the future?
  • What issues and difficulties have justices had with the practice and with efforts to weaken or even rid us of the practice?  

“Gerrymandering has been on the League’s wavelength for quite a while,” said League Co-President Margaret Mary Fitzgerald. Most recently, the Pennsylvania LWV and a group of individual voters brought suit against redistricting in that state — and won! Ditto in North Carolina, Maryland, and in Florida.”

Thomas Wolf regularly participates in partisan and racial-gerrymandering cases before the Supreme Court and advises on litigation strategies for both state and federal courts. The Brennan Center for Justice, resident at the NYU’s School of Law, has fought to reform the redistricting process so that it is independent, transparent, and ensures that communities are fully and fairly represented in Congress and the nation’s legislative bodies. And they have long worked hand-in-glove with the League at the national, state, and local levels.

The program is free and open to the public. Doors open at 2:30, with light refreshments.

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