(Posted from a message sent out by Elena Parent)
The House of Representatives has passed some disastrous legislation that I need your help stopping. Here is a bill I need you to take immediate action on:
GERRYMANDERING HOUSE DISTRICTS
This bill makes changes to nine House of Representatives districts, including shameless efforts to “shore up” the districts of vulnerable Republican Representatives by moving Democratic-leaning voters out of those districts. HD-40, held by Rich Golick, and HD-111, held by Brian Strickland, are both districts that have been trending Democratic.
Instead of trying to fairly win re-election by virtue of providing good representation of the people in those districts, these Representatives just want to rig the districts to ensure their re-election.
The voters whose districts are impacted were not consulted. In fact, the bill was filed the last day of February and then it was rushed out of committee the next day and on to the floor of the House the next legislative day. NO PUBLIC COMMENT was permitted at the committee hearing, despite request.
Now we expect this shameful anti-democratic effort to be heard by the Senate Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee. Please email and/or call the members of this committee (focusing on the Republicans, who I list below), as well as the Senate Republican leadership team, to tell them that you are watching and you oppose this sneaky, shameless effort to rig districts and squelch the will of the voters. Tell them the voters get to choose their representatives — the representatives don’t get to choose their voters!
Other members of Senate leadership to contact:
Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle: (404) 656-5030
Additionally, Common Cause is having another lobby day to oppose HB 515 on Thursday, March 16th from 10-2 (https://www.facebook.com/
We’ll keep you posted on when this bill comes up for a vote in the Reapportionment & Redistricting Committee.
Elena C. Parent