News from the League of Women Voters, St. Cloud Area (LWVSCA)
The League of Women Voters Minnesota (LWVMN) travelling exhibit "A Century of Civic Engagement" will be on display at the Stearns History Museum until the end of August, 2021. The exhibit, commemorating the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment and the founding of LWVMN, was rescheduled from 2020 due to the pandemic. On June 3, LWVSCA co-sponsored an opening reception with the Museum that included outdoor refreshments under a tent.
The tagline "A Century of Civic Engagement" is also the theme of the LWVSCA float, which participated in three events this summer beginning with June parades in Sauk Rapids and St. Cloud. At the July 4 parade in St. Joseph, the float won second prize in the "Wow! Extreme!" category, with the first prize in that category going to the Vietnam War Memorial float. Being in parades has been a fun way to let people know we care about voting and public involvement.
Impact of the 2020 Census on the State of Minnesota
Initial census data indicates that the State of Minnesota will retain its eight seats in the U.S. Congress. However, the geographic distribution of people throughout the state has changed since the last census, requiring the reconfiguration of Minnesota's legislative districts. The Legislature will be required to undertake a redistricting process and is expected to begin hearings in early summer. The League of Women Voters at the local, state and national levels, is focused on ensuring that redistricting efforts meet the highest standards of transparency and fairness.
During the months of July and August the LWVSCA Redistricting Team will be conducting interviews with administrators and elected officials representing the City of St. Cloud and Stearns County. These interviews will explore how the redistricting process works and encourage the adoption of good practices such as soliciting public input for both the redistricting process and map drawing. One of the issues will be minority representation and input from communities of interest..
UPCOMING: Unit Meeting via Zoom
“Local Redistricting: Panel Discussion”
Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 1:00--3:00 p.m.
LWVSCA will invited administrators from the City of St. Cloud and Stearns County, as well as City Councillors and County Commissioners, to discuss the process and criteria they use for redistricting, including opportunities for public input. This meeting will likely be the last LWVSCA Unit Meeting held via Zoom. More details will be available closer to the event.
Visitors who are interested in our meeting and discussion topics, can email us using the icon below to request more information.