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1100 Gervais Street

Columbia, SC 29208

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We're bringing back our Lobby Day during our Centennial Celebration week! Help us tell legislators it's time to get rid of gerrymandering!

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We have known for years that gerrymandering - the process of legislators drawing their own district lines to protect themselves or their party in future elections - is inherently unfair. Both parties do it when they are in charge, and it leads to elections that are less competitive and a polarized legislature that has less incentive to listen to constituents.

New district lines will be drawn next year following the 2020 Census, and we want an independent redistricting commission - not the legislators themselves - to draw the lines. A recent poll shows that the majority of South Carolinians agree. We need LWV members from around the state to gather on February 12 to let our legislators know that we want them to pass H. 3054 this year.

LWV Lobby Day is right around the corner, and we are so excited to have members from across the state coming together on the week of our Centennial to advocate for redistricting reform! Thank you for using your time to help Make Democracy Work in South Carolina.

A few notes on scheduling for the day:

We will meet in the Blatt building, Room 321, at 10:00 am. A map and directions for where to park can be found in Advocacy 101 on page 3:

> http://www.lwvsc.org/files/2017.advocacy101.pdf

We will be welcomed by Representative Gary Clary, primary sponsor of our redistricting bill H3054 as well as one of our other highest priority bills, H4203, which addresses the important issue of dark money disclosures. We will have a training session which will include talking points and the day's agenda PLUS a special talk with Patrick Dennis, who is the Chief of Staff for House Speaker Jay Lucas.

We will not know until next week the order and exact time that we will be lobbying our Representatives and Senators, but we will start sometime between 11:00 and noon after our training. Thanks in advance for your flexibility; we want to make sure we are as effective as possible and that will mean seeing how their schedules are playing out that day.

Some additional items:

Dress for the day will be business attire. We will take a picture on the Statehouse steps that afternoon.

Please bring a pen and water bottle, if you like.

Lunch will be on your own near the statehouse grounds; we will be recommending some places for you during the training session.

After assessing our meeting location, we have opened up a few more slots so that more members/guests can attend. If you know of others who would like to join us, please spread the word! If you know you are NOT able to make it, please let us know that, too.

If you have issues on Lobby Day, contact Shayna Howell at 843-860-7784 or shaynahowell@gmail.com.

Thank you and we can't wait to see you next week!

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Columbia, SC 29208

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