Making Democracy Work: Gerrymandering and Its Impact on Public Policy

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
7:30 pm
Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest


The League of Women Voters of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Area (LWV-LF/LB) and the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy invite the public to a panel discussion, "Making Democracy Work: Gerrymandering and Its Impact on Public Policy," on Wednesday, January 24, at 7:30 pm. The event will take place at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest (400 E. Illinois Road).

A distinguished panel will discuss partisan gerrymandering and its impact on public policy and voting rights, including recent elections and the current Supreme Court case Gill v. Whitford about hyper-partisan redistricting in Wisconsin. The panel includes election law attorney Nicholas Stephanopoulos (professor, University of Chicago law); Lori Lightfoot (partner, Mayer Brown); and state Rep. Scott Drury.

"The League of Women Voters has long had a position that opposes partisan and racial gerrymandering that strips rights away from voters," said LWV-LF/LB President Wyn Cain. "The League of Women Voters of the United States filed an amicus brief in the Gill v. Whitford case, and locally we have supported resolutions for fair maps. We are delighted to work with the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy to bring education programs together for our communities on these important subjects."

Stephanopoulos co-developed the "Efficiency Gap" formula that quantitatively measures the effect of gerrymandering and calculates wasted votes. He served as lead prosecutor and counsel in the Gill v. Whitford case; the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in 2017 and is scheduled to rule in 2018. Stephanopoulos also represents the League of Women Voters in a partisan gerrymandering case in North Carolina.

Lightfoot has served as counsel to the Independent Maps Coalition, chair of the City of Chicago Police Accountability Task Force, and president of the Chicago Police Board. Drury joined legislators from Illinois in an amicus brief submitted in Gill v. Whitford.

The event is free and open to the public.