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How to Draw the Lines

by Luanne Williams

WU, League of Women Voters to offer event on voting districts

Voting Districts in N.C.: How to Draw the Lines — a panel discussion and town hall sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Union County and hosted by Wingate University — is set for Thursday, April 25, at the Batte Center’s Plyler-Griffin Recital Hall.

Every 10 years, state lawmakers are tasked with creating congressional and legislative voting districts based on new census data. As the nation gears up for the 2020 census, the question at the state level is how those district lines should be drawn.

“We know this can be a polarizing issue, and we’re not taking sides. Instead, our goal is to make space for public discussion so people can better understand the process and make their own decisions,” said University President Rhett Brown. 

This isn’t the first time the University has partnered with Union County’s League, a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government.

At the town hall, N.C. Rep. Craig Horn (R-Union), policy analyst Dr. Jennifer A. Bremer, and Dr. Rob Prevost, a Wingate University associate professor of philosophy, will serve on the panel. Dr. Joseph Ellis, associate professor of political science, will moderate. 

A researcher and economist with more than 35 years experience in governance reform, Bremer serves on the board of the League of Women Voters of North Carolina and leads the group’s Fair Elections Action Team. Prior to her retirement in 2016, she divided her time between academic and professional roles, establishing and chairing the Department of Public Policy and Administration at the American University in Cairo and heading the Kenan Institute Washington Center, a program of the University of North Carolina’s business school. Most recently, Bremer has led a study team examining alternative approaches to redistricting reform.

Representing District 68, Horn is a member of the House Redistricting Committee. A retired food broker, he is vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee. Like Harrington, Horn is serving his fifth term. 

Prevost, associate professor of philosophy and chairman of the Department of Religion and Philosophy, is also a practicing attorney. He has taught at Wingate for nearly 25 years.

Members of the panel will take up the issue of redistricting at 6:30 p.m. on April 25 at the event, which is designed for both students and the public. Admission is free and a reception will follow.

The Batte Center is located at 403 N. Camden Road in Wingate. The Plyler-Griffin Recital Hall entrance is on the north side.

April 17, 2019