The League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties held a “Gerrymander Bash” Saturday afternoon to inform the public of the dangers of gerrymandering while also having some fun.
The event was designed to be family-friendly and was held at the Chapel Hill Community Center. While some people played a board game that involved creating districts to get your team the most votes, others ate food and listened to short informative talks addressing why gerrymandering is bad and how to fix it.
Jennifer Bremer, a member of the state board of the League of Women Voters, said combating gerrymandering is part of their mission to promote democracy.
“Our mission is to make democracy work and that means empowering voters and defending democracy," she said. "We organize candidate forums but we also fight for voter protection, and that includes fighting against gerrymandering because gerrymandering undermines people’s ability to pick the candidate of their choice.”
Bremer said the league organized the gerrymandering bash as a way to reach people who might not be able to come out to nighttime events or traditional lectures.