Nancy Burton of the Greenwich Patch covered LWVCT's remarks at a hearing in Norwalk City Hall of the state Legislature's Reapportionment Committee, which will propose boundary changes for Connecticut's congressional and state House and Senate seats. Area residents asked that their community concerns trump politics.
The president of the 2,000-member nonpartisan League of Women Voters reminded the six legislators who convened the hearing of the legal requirements of the Voting Rights Act ("one person, one vote") and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
"The Acts have potential to conflict with partisan objectives," cautioned LWV president Cheryl Dunson of Greenwich. "Districts can be drawn to give some people more voting power than others."
"District lines can be drawn in an infinite number of ways," Dunson said, "and how they are drawn can affect who is elected."
Read the full article here: Redistricting Complaints: Incumbents Protected, Communities Split.