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Kansas is currently redrawing the district lines for Congressional and legislative districts. Redistricting is a process undertaken every 10 years following completion of the decennial census. Redistricting not only pertains to congressional and legislative representation but also informs elected local and county seats, K-12 and community college boards, and more. Public input to the process is critical because the boundaries created will influence that representation and the ability of communities to have their interests understood and heard for the next decade.
To encourage public input, the Kansas Fair Maps Coalition will host an educational event Monday, November 15, 1-2 p.m., to discuss the Legislature’s redistricting process and provide guidance on providing written and verbal testimony during upcoming virtual public input sessions.
The Kansas House & Senate Redistricting Committees conducted 14 public town halls in August to receive verbal input. The committees have scheduled four stops on a virtual Listening Tour that will begin November 22. Locations will be set up to submit verbal testimony. Members of the public interested in speaking are required to notify the Kansas Legislative Research Department (KLRD) (firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-296-3181) 24 hours in advance in order to participate.
The Fair Maps Coalition is a nonpartisan grassroots education and engagement effort by organizations and individuals working to promote an equitable redistricting process that allows for meaningful public participation, is free of partisan bias and results in districts of equal population based on constitution, law and communities of interest. Find information on the Fair Maps Coalition partners and register for the November 15 Fair Maps Coalition event.
Access the House and Senate Redistricting Commission Town Hall agendas, minutes, and submitted testimony on the KLRD website.
Listening Tour Stops