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The League View appears weekly on Sundays in the Hendersonville Times-News.

SEPTEMBER 2010


September 5, 2010

Remember the Census work done in April? Information is now being compiled to direct the redistricting process for federal and state elections. First let’s review the importance of the census to our community. Population numbers drive the amount of federal funds coming to a community. These funds are used to build infrastructure, such as hospitals, roads, tunnels and schools. The funds may also be used to improve public services such as emergency support, jobtraining and senior centers. The census also provides extensive data on each community to help business and local leaders understand where public and private investment is needed. For followup information about the outcomes of the census please check www.2010.census.gov.


September 12, 2010

Redistricting is an event that happens every ten years. The League of Women Voters US joined in a 2009 conference. “Developing an Action Agenda for Redistricting in 2011” is a pdf document available for download on the LWVUS website, www.lwv.org. Under the heading ‘Projects’ click on ‘Developing an Action Agenda.’ The summary report highlights the discussion of the conference and the ‘Essential Principles of Redistricting’ agreed upon by participants. Those principles: working for an accurate and complete 2010 Census; ensuring that the redistricting process be as transparent as possible; and taking steps to give the public legitimate and effective opportunity to participate in the redistricting process in a substantive manner. The underlying goals of this conference include increasing transparency of the process and improving the representative character of our nation’s democracy.


September 19, 2010

In the recent report available on the League of Women Voters US website, www.lwv.org/AM/Template discussion is directed to the challenges of transparent and open development of redistricting after the 2010 Census. Citizens must pay attention to the process. Census maps are a useful tool. Special interests develop maps that support the status quo by maintaining political party control, protecting incumbents or ensuring that rising political stars have a seat in Congress. These are not the primary goals of the redistricting process. To avoid these gerrymandering threats, citizens must be aware of the process and take an interest in the evolving redraw of political lines, both for federal and state jurisdictions. Check www.2010.census.gov and review the Countdown to Congressional apportionment.


September 26, 2010

The first data released from the 2010 Census are the official national and state population count, which are used to apportion seats in the US House of Representatives. The US Census Bureau must deliver census information to the President of the United States on or before December 31, 2010. For information on census history and the process used to calculate districts, refer to www.census.gov. To get excellent explanations go to ‘schools’ on that website and review the information. Apportionment is calculated by a formula that distributes congressional seats in the House of Representatives by population. Each state is guaranteed one seat in the House of Representatives, all other seats are determined by the formula adopted by congress.





 

 



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