LWV of Greenville County 2018-2019 Priority Issues, Committee Work, Focus
We are seeking redistricting reform in which district lines are drawn based on appropriate and enforceable criteria that do not favor partisan interests or incumbents, and in which the drawing is done by an independent, nonpartisan commission. A Bill currently in the South Carolina legislature that supports redistricting by an independent commission and with appropriate criteria is House bill H3054. We encourage South Carolinians to contact their representatives and urge support for this bill and for redistricting reform in general.
Redistricting will happen in 2021 based on the 2020 census results, and we are mobilizing now to make the needed changes so that this next round of redistricting prioritizes the interest of voters and not parties or incumbents. Our first step is to focus on educating voters, and, from there, we are encouraging everyone to step in and advocate about this important issue.
We have a Redistricting Explainer that explains the basics about redistricting and the need for reform. Also, we would be happy to come talk to any interested local group about this issue. To pursue this, or to get additional information or ask any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
In November 2018, we met with Representative Rita Allison, Chairperson of the House Education and Public Works Committee, to understand the priorities and workings planned for the 2019 legislative session. Following this meeting, our committee will prioritize our advocacy efforts with respect to legislation developing in the SC House as it pertains to public education.
Our Committee is very excited to host the general membership meeting in January 2019, which will focus on teacher recruitment and retention. At this meeting, our presenters will include Dr. Burke Royster, GCSD Superintendent, as well as representatives from the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA) and the GCSD Teacher Forum.
We meet approximately every two months, with regular email correspondence in between meetings. We encourage any LWVGC members who are interested in public education advocacy to join us!
The aim of this committee is for the members to become experts on voter access and the election process by identifying specific research topics and credible sources of information such as laws and regulations, newspapers and journal articles, internet resources, etc. We will also be exploring governmental and LWV resources on local, state and national levels. The information gathered will enable us to advocate and make presentations to civic groups, governmental entities and elected officials. Letter writing and lobbying will also be an important component.
Our first meeting was held on November 14, 2017. After discussing numerous issues of concern a consensus was reached to explore voter registration practices at the DMV as there have been reports of problems. Our next meeting is scheduled for January 23, 2018 at 6:00p in meeting room "C" at the downtown library (25 Heritage Green Pl.) We will be discussing member responsibilities and assignments and a potential meeting with Conway Belangia (Election Office University Square).We hope to move forward by preparing a large scale presentation to our entire Greenville LWV membership as well as the community.