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Come to upcoming event to learn about redistricting

To the editor:

Every 10 years, after the Census, states redraw voting district boundaries. Each district is to be geographically contiguous and contain approximately the same number of people.

Since 1788, this concept has been violated many times, ending up in bizarre shapes designed to isolate or include particular populations.

The term “gerrymandering” was coined in 1812 when Gov. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts set maps resembling a salamander.

Currently, there is an organizaiton entitled Fair Districts which is working to ensure gerrymandering is eliminated in Pennsylvania.

At 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 14, there will be a program sponsored by our local community discussions group at which a member of Fair Districts will explain the process and answer questions. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church has offered its facilities for this meeting. Please attend and find out what it’s all about.

Jackie Fisher

Lewistown

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