Tell Gov. Cuomo To Veto Unfair District Maps in New York State [PETITION]

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Click here to sign a petition calling for New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to veto unfair redistricting proposals from the state legislature task force commissioned with drawing new maps.

Every ten years, state electoral district lines are recalibrated, supposedly to account for demographic changes documented in the census. The real truth is that redistricting, as practiced in New York, is the process by which politicians pick the voters they’d like to represent. After much wrangling between parties, a task force made up of members of the State Legislature releases district lines that often cut through communities, all with the hope that the incumbent – Democrat or Republican – can stay in office.

It’s political self-interest at its most obvious. And it needs to stop.

On Long Island, this practice especially weakens the voting power of communities of color, and the proposed maps have carved up areas like Brentwood and Hempstead, “cracking” black, Latino, and immigrant communities.

20120305-forumRoughly 100 Brentwood-area residents gathered last month at a community forum on redistricting hosted by Long Island Wins, the Long Island Civic Engagement Table, and Noticia.

At this point, the state legislature can’t be trusted to act responsibly. But there’s still hope for change.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has the power to veto these district lines and send a strong message to the state legislature in support of fair redistricting.

Tell the governor to veto unfair district lines by signing this petition and calling his office at 518-474-8390.

Supporting Organizations

1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers East

CARECEN

Common Cause NY

Long Island Civic Engagement Table

Long Island Immigrant Alliance

Long Island Progressive Coalition

Long Island Wins

Make the Road New York

NAACP New York State Conference

New York Communities for Change

SEPA Mujer

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