Our call for fairness in Nassau County redistricting

Last week, the Nassau County Legislature held their final vote on a gerrymandered redistricting plan. This vote came a week after our organizing efforts, as part of the non-partisan United Redistricting Coalition, pushed the previous hearing past midnight, convinced a key legislator to withhold her vote, and ultimately resulted in two small changes to the redistricting maps.

As expected, the Legislature passed the maps a strict party-line vote and County Executive Mangano signed it into law on Friday. The map remains fundamentally flawed and the process is broken in Nassau County, but we have made our voices heard in the last weeks of community protest! Our growing communities are a source of strength and vibrancy on Long Island, cynical efforts like last week's gerrymander show that some elected officials are afraid to run on the issues – we must continue to make our voices heard! Click through to read the full join coalition statement below.

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Defenders of Democracy Live to Fight Another Day--Nassau Map Vote Delayed!

We're very proud to be organizing with the Nassau County United Redistricting Coalition to fight for fair redistricting in Nassau County.  Last night, our organizations came together with many others to protest unjust the legislative majority's unjust maps, and our hard work paid off!  After more than 8 hours of testimony, the legislature delayed its vote to give the matter further consideration. Organizing works!  See below for the Newsday article.

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We Demand a Fair Map for Nassau County

Check out this piece from the Nassau County United Redistricting Coalition by Mimi Pierre Johnson, Peter Rosenthal,Delbys Torres (Read here on Long Island Wins.)

The politicians are at it again, abusing their power for partisan gain. 

Faced with unanimous public criticism of their county redistricting plan, on Monday Nassau County’s Republican-controlled legislature plans to adopt a gerrymandered electoral map that would likely guarantee them a supermajority for the next decade. The process has taken place almost entirely behind closed doors, without opportunity for robust public input.

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Join Us for the Elmont Redistricting Forum!

Voters across Nassau County are turning out in large numbers to learn about the redistricting process and the ways in which the Republican majority of the County Legislature seems set to pass a set of electoral maps that divides communities and dilutes the voting power of African-Americans, Latinos, and immigrants – all growing populations in the county. With Nassau elected officials refusing to hear and incorporate feedback, LICET is proud to join the Nassau United Redistricting Coalition in taking matters directly to the communities most affected.
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