Media Contact: Elizabeth Stribling
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Encourages Voters to Review Proposed Legislative District Maps and Contact Their Representatives
November 22, 2021 (Columbia, S.C.) – In an effort to ensure a transparent and participatory redistricting process, South Carolina Women in Leadership (SC WIL) is encouraging all South Carolina voters to review new legislative district maps and contact their S.C. Senate and S.C. House Representatives in advance of a vote by the General Assembly in early December that will make the new district maps voting law for the next 10 years.
The way district lines are drawn determines who can and can not run for office in a district, what district citizens vote in, and how responsive a representative is to their constituents. SC WIL is calling on citizens to review the new maps, then call, text, and write their legislators, and amplify concerns about or support for the new district maps on social media by tagging representatives and other political influencers using #WeAreWatching. Issues voters should look for include new districts that primarily protect incumbents, break up communities of interest including minority communities, and that unnecessarily split counties and municipalities.
SC WIL has made extensive information and resources on the S.C. redistricting process available on their website including:
- Current district maps and new proposed maps,
- Best practices for contacting representatives,
- A sample script for calling and writing representatives,
- Nuts & bolts of redistricting,
- Video archives of public testimony, and
- Contact information for legislators.
The S.C. Senate and House Redistricting committees have stated their commitments to a transparent redistricting process. An informed and engaged constituency will provide the legislatures with valuable community input to make sure our elections are fair for the next decade.
About SC Women in Leadership
SC Women in Leadership (SC WIL) is a multi-partisan group of women working together across differences to move South Carolina forward by informing, inspiring, and involving women in leadership. SC WIL believes that as talented women with diverse and inclusive backgrounds step up to lead and to govern, gender and racial equality, as well as community equity can at last become a reality. SC WIL’s vision is for women to be represented at every level of leadership including elected officials, appointed government boards and commissions, and as active volunteers and advocates in the community. Visit scwomenlead.net to see how SC WIL is working to fill the pipeline with women, increase fair voting, and reduce polarization.
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