Redistricting was the topic at Dine & Discuss held on Oct. 30 with presenters John Else (LWV Nebraska member) and senators John McCollister and Burke Harr. Senator Harr will make LB216 his priority bill. Both senators stressed the critical importance of gaining support for the bill from Senator Jim Scheer, Speaker of the House and Executive Board member.
Action alert: Urge Senator Scheer to support LB 216
We are asking LWVGO members to please contact Senator Jim Scheer to urge him to move LB 216 out of the Executive Board and place on the agenda for a vote by the full legislature. Sadly, the bill did not make it out of committee last year and the year before it was vetoed by Governor Ricketts. Senator Scheer is key to the passage of LB 216 this session; he is likely the deciding vote (5 votes needed, and we already have 4) on the Executive Board of the Legislature and as Speaker he can put LB 216 on the agenda for a vote by the full legislature.
Redistricting happens every 10 years after completion of the census. Too often gerrymandering happens when redistricting is done in back rooms where politicians draw district lines that help them win re-election. The Legislature draws up districts for NE legislature Congress, Supreme Court, Board of Regents, Public Service Commission & the State Board of Education.
Call, write a letter, send a postcard or email State Senator Scheer at:
Senator Jim Scheer
306 Valley View Drive
Norfolk, NE 68701
(1) In a democracy, it is important for everyone to feel that they have a fair opportunity to be heard through their vote. Gerrymandered districts stack the deck and voters know this. Too many people feel their vote doesn’t count when district lines aren’t fairly drawn. Please support LB 216 by voting YES to move out of the Executive Board, and place it on the agenda for a vote by the entire legislative body.
(2) Fair representation is essential to our democracy. Help Nebraska ensure that all voices can be heard. Vote YES to move LB 216 out of the Executive Board and place on the agenda for a vote by the full legislature.
(3) Making Democracy work requires an equal voice for all. Voters need an open, transparent, non-partisan redistricting process with an independent citizen’s commission to draw fair district lines. The commission should represent our state’s diversity and protect minority representation. Please vote YES to move LB 216 out of the Executive Board and place on the agenda for a vote by the full legislature.
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