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.
In This Segment Our guests join us to talk about current redistricting processes, attempts for reform and impact on local and national elections. Guests
Ted Boehm, Former Supreme Court Justice, member of Indiana Study Committee on Redistricting
Elizabeth Ennis, Education Director, Michigan League of Women Voters
Julia Vaughn, Policy Director, Common Cause Indiana
Brandon Smith, State News Reporter, Indiana Public Media
"League of Women Voters of Indiana supports a free, publicly-funded, non-sectarian system of schools serving all the state's children from pre-school through 12th grade."
The deadline for concurrence with the proposed position will be January 2016. (Following that, there will be a consensus study for 2016, with reporting at the start of 2017.) The various rationales offered are not exhaustive but can serve local LWVs as conversation-starters.
The suggested reading materials offered by the LWVIN Education Study Committee can be accessed here:
Citizens and coalition members will be watching to ensure it results in a proposal for real reform that creates a truly independent redistricting process.
No agenda has been published yet but it's likely this first meeting will be spent on getting organized and setting their agenda for the next year. We will develop a list of requests for the first meeting which will include having meetings at places and times which make it easy for Hoosiers from around the state to participate (i.e not at 9 a.m. on a weekday). We will also request that they set their meetings well in advance.
The Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting will host a meeting immediately following the study committee meeting on October 1. Location has not been determined yet; we will likely meet over lunch to develop strategy for upcoming meetings. Stay posted - more information about that will be sent next week, once we have time to plan.
Barb Anderson (South Central Indiana, 2016) Gretchen Jeavons (Shelbyville MAL, 2016),
Pam Locker (Southwestern Indiana, 2016), Amy Miller (Indianapolis, 2017),
Jeanette Neagu (LaPorte County, 2017), Gail Pebworth (Montgomery County, Appointed, 2017),
Kimber Sorenson-Brugh (South Bend Area, 2017), Corrina Than (Greater Lafayette, 2016),
Barb Schilling, Chair (Calumet, 2017), Barb Reed (Cass County, 2017), Pat Sosbe (Montgomery County, 2017)
The program focused on Indiana Election Law and the panel included LWV South Bend Area vice president Lisa Plencner, State Senator John Broden, State Representative Tim Wesco, and Elkhart County Clerk Wendy Hudson. Senator Broden and Politically Speaking moderator Elizabeth Bennion are also LWV South Bend Area members.