Gerrymandering is Voter Suppression by DHF Civic Engagement Coordinator Eliana Honeycutt
Creating fair district lines is the most important way to reclaim the voting power that’s been taken from us. It’s very likely that if you live in the Central Valley, elected representatives are being allowed to choose the voters in their district, rather than allowing the voters to elect their representatives in a fair & lawful election. This unlawful practice of gerrymandering has disenfranchised underrepresented communities and diluted our voting power.
We stress the importance of voting as it is the grand equalizer, but when Gerrymandering is involved your vote is suppressed. Gerrymandering in combination with voter suppression laws have silenced the voices of disenfranchised communities.
The situation is dire. Redistricting happens every 10 years after the census, where officials adjust district lines to ensure fair representation for federal, state, and local areas. No matter what, where or who, we all want what’s best for all communities.
The Dolores Huerta Foundation, in partnership with community leaders and other organizations, has come together to form the Equitable Maps Coalition and have painstakingly created Equitable Maps and districts that comply with the Voting Rights Act.
Join us in DEMANDING redistricting commissions adopt the Equitable Coalition Map throughout the Central Valley, especially in Kern, Fresno, Tulare & Kings County. Demand that your elected representatives know where your community is and what is important to you and those in your community by giving public comments at your local redistricting hearing.
Are you interested in helping your community? You can:
Complete the Community of Interest Surveys
Help us collect Community of Interest Surveys
Provide public comment to support your communities
For more information, please contact Eliana
at email@example.com or visit doloreshuerta.org