Census data is used to apportion seats and draw district lines for the U.S. House of Representatives, state legislatures, and local boards; to target more than $800 billion annually in federal assistance to states, localities, and families; and to guide community decision-making affecting schools, housing, health care services, business investment, and much more. Failure to count all populations fairly and accurately can lead to unequal political representation and unequal access to vital public and private resources for these groups and their communities. Undercounting also results in being denied a full voice in policy decision-making and federal funding allocated to states and localities.
- Webinar, Getting Ready to Get Out the Count for the 2020 Census. February, 2020. Find recording and slides from webinar here.
This toolkit has resources for use by partners on their social media platforms or other media and outreach activities. It contains folders:
- Social Media Graphics: graphics ranging from SIS, Faith Based, Seniors and Hispanic to Act Now to be used in social media messaging
- Drop in Messages: Contains scripts and graphics for government and elected officials to use during their press conferences, media interviews etc.
- Official 2020 Census PSAs: These videos can be downloaded and used (a complete list can be found in the table of contents).
- PSA Scripts: Scripts that can be used by government and elected officials to record videos for use in social media or other platforms.
LOCAL CONTACTS: in every SC county, the United Way office and the County Library are probably looking for partners with whom to work in promoting the 2020 Census
- Count Me In, with SC influencers: here
- From Greenville Complete Count Committee: here
- From Clemson University Tigervision: (appropriate for college students): here
- From: US Census2020; featuring Sesame Street and Count von Count to highlight the importance of counting young children: here English version here Spanish version (additional USCensus 2020 videos listed at bottom of page under “Other electronic resources”)
FLYERS / HANDOUTS:
From LWV Beaufort: A flyer made by LWV Beaufort was sent through the Beaufort County school distribution list to all parents. Contact lwvbeaufort [at] gmail.com to request a copy.
3 Ways to Get involved in the 2020 Census here
Many items in “outreach materials” are translated into Spanish: here
LESSON PLANS: From Jo Watson Hackl; this South Carolina author has created 4 lesson plans and other census-themed activities that could be utilized by teachers and students via e-learning, as well as families. These plans, as well as 2 videos and 2 badges to celebrate completing your census, can be found: here
- “Frames” from LWVUS for use on FaceBook: here here
- Web badges and banners from 2020census.gov: here
- LWVUS Census Action Kit for graphics in Spanish and English such as:
- From 2020Census.gov: to look up response rate by county, city or congressional district: here
- From 2020Census.gov: to look at neighborhoods where residents are being missed: here
- South Carolina-oriented resources: here
- From 2020census.gov: here here — from these pages you can see an interactive map of all SC Complete Count Committees, and you may also subscribe to 2020 Census News.
Elections should be decided in the voting booths, not the map rooms.
In states where legislators draw their own district lines, parties and incumbents are able to draw district lines to their own advantage; this is called gerrymandering. We don't want that for South Carolina.
Gerrymandering adds to hyperpartisanship. It is often the most extreme voters who turn out for primaries, and when districts heavily favor one party, there is unlikely to be real competition in the general election. As a result, winners hold views more extreme than most of their constituents, increasing polarization in the government.
Gerrymandering discourages competition within districts. 95% of 2018 legislative races in SC were either uncontested or were won by more than a 10% margin of victory!
What Are the Solutions?
LWV South Carolina is a part of a nationwide, nonpartisan campaign for redistricting reform. Our ideal solution includes an independent redistricting commission to draw district lines in South Carolina instead of having legislators draw their own lines. We supported bills in the 2018-2020 legislative sessions that would have given developed this commission, but the bills did not receive hearings.
However, there is still time to implement safeguards that will protect voters from the effects of gerrymandering for the next 10 years.
In 2021, following the release of the Census results, legislators will redraw district lines. Criteria for the map-drawing process should exclude partisan and incumbent protection. The process of drawing district maps should be open and transparent, and include an avenue for meaningful public input!
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SPEAKERS AND RESOURCES
Looking for a speaker to give a 15-45 minute presentation on redistricting and why it matters in SC? Let us help you find one of our local League members or partners located across the state. Email Us at copresident.lwvsc [at] gmail.com with your request, location, date, time, length of presentation preferred, and we will look for a match.
To help explain the issues around redistricting The League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area has developed this informative slide presentation powered by Stacker.
To explain Gerrymandering the League of Women Voters of the Clemson Area has developed a slide program Gerrymandering in SC .
National Articles worth considering:
Diluting the Vote: Redistricting Violations Threaten the US Election System By SHEELA NIMISHAKAVI | August 2, 2017
Non-Profit Quarterly Voting Rights and the Efficiency Gap Measure By ERIN RUBIN | August 16, 2017
The New Front in the Gerrymandering Wars: Democracy vs. Math Sophisticated computer modeling has taken district manipulation to new extremes. To fix this, courts might have to learn how to run the numbers themselves By EMILY BAZELONAUG. 29, 2017
What I Learned at Gerrymandering Summer Camp (Wired Magazine) SIE LAPOWSKY 08.27.17
Supercomputers vs. gerrymandering: Data could be the next key to creating fair state voting districts ANGELO YOUNG Salon APR 10, 2017
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