Good government group coming to Union County

On Thursday, November 1, Network for Responsible Public Policy (NFRPP) will sponsor its first event in Union County: The Impact of Gerrymandering on the Democratic Process. Just several days before a critical mid-term election, the program will highlight how gerrymandering distorts the voting process by manipulating electoral districts to give an advantage to a specific political party.

“Gerrymandering is cheating,” said Lisa McCormick a good government advocate in Union County who regularly attends in NFRPP events.

“When maps are created to allow the political establishment to create districts that are not competitive, they take away our power to vote for representatives who truly reflect our values and ideals,” said McCormick. “Along with the corrosive impact of money in elections, gerrymandering is corrupting the political system. It is something we need to understand so we know how important it is to eradicate this bad behavior.”

The program will be held at Westfield High School at 550 Dorian Road (in Cafeteria B) and starts at 7:30. Doors open at 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

NFRPP is committed to giving the public authoritative information on many public-policy issues by generating discussions led by distinguished thought leaders.

The gerrymandering program will be led by Yurij Rudensky, who serves as Counsel with the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.
Among other things, Rudensky will talk about the widespread growth of gerrymandering in America and how it impacts elections, stripping voters of basic rights. He’ll also discuss recent legal actions and decisions, along with solutions.

The program is co-sponsored by Westfield High School and the League of Women Voters, Berkeley Heights, Providence, and Summit.

NFRPP is a non-partisan, 501.c.3 organization committed to providing authoritative facts on key public policy issues in order to foster informed citizenry and civic engagement.


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