(Via press release from LWVKY)
The League of Women Voters of Kentucky (LWVKY) is announcing its “Voters’ Choice” TikTok contest on redistricting, open to any undergraduate or graduate student who is at least 18 years old and currently enrolled in a Kentucky post-secondary institution. Entries will be accepted December 1, 2021 through January 1, 2022 and must be 30-90 seconds in length. Prize awards will be $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place. Complete rules and details are available at LWVKY.org/tiktok.
This “Voters’ Choice” competition is designed to involve younger voters in the critically vital process of redistricting, and to educate the general public on the lasting impact that improperly drawn legislative boundaries can produce.
At the same time, this social media competition is one more element of the LWVKY’s Fair Maps Campaign, an effort advocating for full and open transparency in Kentucky's redistricting process with robust opportunities for public input.
Every ten years, following release of U.S. Census data, the Kentucky General Assembly is required to redraw congressional and state legislative boundaries to assure the ‘one person, one vote’ constitutional mandate. This constitutional requirement seeks to ensure that each person’s voting power carries equal weight across legislative districts that are as equal as possible in population.
New district lines can be drawn intentionally to decrease voters' power based solely on their political party. The League of Women Voters advocates for a redistricting process that eliminates partisan gerrymandering nationwide – “Voters’ Choice” rather than “Legislators’ Choice.”
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. As a nonpartisan body, the League takes action on issues but does not support or oppose candidates or parties. The League supports diversity, equity, and inclusion in membership and programming.
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