- The definition of a gerrymander is a changing of voting districts to give one party an advantage or disadvantage a group. An example of a gerrymander is a creation of a smaller voting district to take away votes from a particular candidate.
- Gerrymander is defined as to divide a voting area to give one political party a majority. An example of gerrymander is to change the geographic boundries of a voting district so that more voters from one political party are included.
This excellent article that, in its succinct explanation of what our nation would be without gerrymandering, provides clear graphics of the entire country as it currently stands and what it would look like without the scourge of gerrymandering. (Note that the graphic of North Carolina is from June 2014.)
Update on Voter Registration Activities
This is a message from Kate Fellman, Director of the You Can Vote Program —
Thanks to you and all of the hard working volunteer teams across the Triangle we have some pretty great results to share. It is only February but we are trained and mobilized in Durham, Wake and Orange Counties. You should be really proud of this work!
By the numbers . . .
3: Number of Counties with trained voter education & registration teams
46: Number of Captains running drives and serving as data, materials, and phone bank leaders
188: Number of volunteers who have already been trained/re-trained on educating voters
599: Number of people on this email list who have signed up to work with YCV
Now for the numbers you are waiting for…
623: Wake Registrations
50+: Orange Registrations (not bad for only one official event so far!).
1397: Durham Registrations
308+: Campus Registrations
2378+: OVERALL REGISTRATIONS! But here’s the really important part… Volunteers had CONVERSATIONS with over 10,000 voters to help prepare them to vote in 2016!
Thank you to our teams in Orange, Wake and Durham for your work so far. We know there is MUCH more to come before the October 14th deadline for the General Election. But right now, give yourselves a pat on the back for a stellar launch in this election year.
Wake Phone Banks for GOTV
We will call the voters to remind them to get out and vote in the NC Primary election, early voting locations, times etc.
Sunday, March 6
1PM – 4PM
Tuesday, March 8
5:30PM – 8:30 PM
Thursday, March 10
5:30PM – 8:30PM
Saturday, March 12
2PM – 5PM
Thanks for all you do. Please let me know if you have any questions… and go team!
You Can Vote
And a big, big thank you to Manju Karkare, our VR Crew Coordinator extraordinaire, for managing all our efforts in Wake County.
Timely Topics lunches sponsored by the Wake County League of Women Voters:
Friday, Feb. 24 – “Pathways to Third Grade Reading: The Importance of Early Childhood Experiences” at noon
Ridge Road Baptist Church, 2011 Ridge Rd., Raleigh
Free – bring a bag lunch
Friday, Feb 26 – 7:30PM A new 30 minute documentary about voting in North Carolina. Showing on TWC Channel 14. It will feature some familiar faces!
Wednesday, March 23 6-8PM Discourse, Drinks & Dinner – Join us for an evening of lively political discussion. Location TBD.
Save the date for our next big event: Candidate Lunch at 18 Seaboard. April 28.
Kudos to Tara Romano for the following LTE, published in the News & Observer on 2.19.2016. http://www.newsobserver.com/
We are asking you to make a donation of $45 to allow us to make the small purchases that keep us going. You will receive: a YCV t shirt, a VOTE cling for your car, and access to all our events. You can pay with a credit card through PayPal at upcoming events, by check, or cash. Let us know your t-shirt size too.
Mail to: Politica NC, P. O. Box 12796, Raleigh, NC 27605.
Pay your dues by March 1 and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a copy of Notorious RBG. To learn the five reasons you should read this book go to: http://www.motherjones.com/
Ready to hear what Canadians think about our 2016 elections? Let’s just say, they have a lot of questions.