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Publicado el 03-27-2011
Reportero: Wanda Lopez

What is Redistricting and why should I get involved?

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estatal. El dato importante es que ha habido un cambio grande en la población. Ahora tenemos más residentes en el condado de Sussex que en la década pasada, además la ciudad de Wilmington ha perdido población.
 Este proceso de reorganización será llevado a cabo por el partido político que controla la Casa de Representantes y el Senado. En este caso el partido Demócrata estará a cargo de esta reorganización conocida en inglés como"re-apportionment"
. Sin embargo es necesario e importante que exista la participación del pueblo y organizaciones para que esta reorganización política incluya los intereses y representación apropiada de los latinos en nuestro estado. La población hispana aumentó a casi 80,000 personas por lo tanto debemos de estar incluidos en el proceso de ajuste electoral para que nuestros intereses sean representados. Esta reorganización de distritos no debe de ser realizada solamente por politicos. Debe existir un ambiente abierto para todos los residentes de Delaware". 


“The Voting Rights Act prohibits the drawing of district lines that may dilute and or divide the votes of Latinos and other groups of color,” said NALEO Educational Fund Executive Director Arturo Vargas. “Since the districts created during the redistricting process will decide the political landscape for at least the next ten years, the Latino community deserves the right to participate in the process to create districts that reflect their needs and electoral preferences. This is why participating in the Census was so important, and why today it's about making sure Latinos now have the opportunity to translate the Census numbers into fair representation.”

John D. Flaherty, President, Delaware Coalition for Open Government:
"By law, legislative district lines must be redrawn every ten years to take into account the growth or decline of population in current legislative districts throughout the state. The current redistricting process protects incumbents and renders any public input, after the fact, meaningless. In contrast to the General Assembly, New Castle County Council appoints a citizen commission to hold open meetings to conduct their redistricing process. Meetings are advertised and public input is encouraged and recorded. New Castle County conducts an open redistricting process. Why can't the Delaware General Assembly do likewise?"

Catherine Rodríguez, MS Pastor Associate
Community of Faith:
“We need to proactively communicate to the Latino community about re-districting and the impact it will have in our state. Educating our community is essential for it will present the information we all need to ...
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