The Fair Elections Roundtable works to make voting fair and accessible to all citizens. Currently, the focus of the roundtable centers on two issues: gerrymandering and voter access.
Gerrymandering is the process of re-drawing district voting lines to give an advantage to one political party over another. It has been practiced since the 1800s by each party when it is in power, but modern technology, big data, and political polarization have made it much more effective and, hence, much more dangerous.
Voter access covers the issues that make it more difficult for voters to cast their ballots: voter ID requirements, cutbacks in early voting days and hours, reduction of early voting sites and the number of voting precincts, and allegations of voter fraud without conclusive evidence.
Due to COVID-19, the Fair Elections Roundtable is not currently meeting in-person. The Roundtable regularly meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. To attend a meeting, please contact Andy Stern or Tyler Daye at fairelections [at] lwvpt.org.
The right to vote is a cornerstone of our democracy. If you feel that, in a democracy, congressional districts and districts for state and local governing bodies should be apportioned fairly and that policies should expand rather than suppress opportunities for citizens to engage in the voting process, contact Andy Stern or Tyler Daye, Co- Chairs of the Fair Elections Roundtable at fairelections [at] lwvpt.org to join FER in working on these issues.