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Henkener attends national redistricting conference

Friday, Jul. 31, 2009

Last week in Pocantico, New York, Ann Henkener attended a national conference on redistricting hosted by the League of Women Voters.

The meeting, convened in partnership with The Campaign Legal Center, included leaders and activists from the reform community to examine possible redistricting strategies and tactics for 2011 and beyond. National League President Mary Wilson, Executive Director Nancy Tate, and Advocacy Director Lloyd Leonard represented the LWVUS.

A Metro League board member, Henkener also serves as legislative director and redistricting specialist for the League of Women Voters of Ohio.

Leagues in Florida, California, and Pennsylvania were also represented.

At the conclusion of this gathering, participants joined together in support of the following Statement of Essential Principles in Redistricting:

  • An accurate and complete count in Census 2010 is an essential building block for all redistricting efforts.
  • The process used for redistricting must be transparent to the public.
  • The redistricting process, at all levels of government, must provide data, tools, and opportunities for the public to have direct input into the specific plans under consideration by the redistricting body.
  • In order to achieve representative democracy, redistricting plans must be drawn in a manner that allows elected bodies to reflect the diversity of the populace, especially racial and ethnic diversity.

    Henkener and fellow Metro League member Peg Rosenfield are League representatives to a workgroup convened by the Ohio Secretary of State to draft proposed ballot language for redistricting reform. The reform is based on the results of the competition held by the state League and other good-government partners this past spring.