Making Democracy Work

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The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Annual Dinner May 7 -- Redistricting/Reapportionment: In the Room Where It Happened.

;If you think that publication of the decennial Census sets off an exercise in good government where our political leadership sets out to draw maps that serve constituents and ensure that legislatures are constituted to ensure that all viewpoints have a fair opportunity to be heard, there is an investment opportunity in a large bridge in Brooklyn you should investigate! From over thirty years' experience in South Carolina redistricting, John Ruoff will talk about the theory and the practice of drawing district lines in the Palmetto State. Ruoff will talk about how South Carolina elected officials engage in racial gerrymandering, partisan gerrymandering and, above all, incumbency protection. He'll address the ways to approach redistricting so that voters choose their representatives, rather than representatives choosing their voters.

John Ruoff has been involved in redistricting since the days of paper maps, magic markers and adding machines. He has drawn maps for every level of single-member districts in South Carolina, from boards of public works to the U.S. Congress, including the last three rounds of statewide redistricting. He has testified as an expert in redistricting and voting rights cases on drawing district maps, racial polarization in voting, history and socio-economic disparities. He co-authored a law review article on voting rights in South Carolina: 1982-2006. He holds advanced degrees in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ruoff lives in Columbia, SC, with his wife Ann Maletic, the Treasurer of the Columbia League.

Summer Book Groups

Join us for book discussions on Tu June 11, July 9 and Aug. 13. See the calendar for details.

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