Posted on September 30, 2011 by Chas Sisk
Taking advantage of online software, the League of Women Voters of Tennessee is launching a statewide contest to see who can draw up the best congressional and legislative districts. The online competition, TN Redistricting: Map It Out!, kicks off Monday and ends midnight on Monday, Oct. 24.
The contest is meant to raise awareness about redistricting and gerrymandering. It comes as Republican lawmakers are drawing up new district maps for the state House of Representatives, the state Senate and the U.S. Congress.
The league will give away $4,000 in prizes in six categories — three for individuals and three for school-team entries. The contest is open to anyone, though only Tennessee residents are eligible to win.
Similar contests have been held in other states, with the winning entries forwarded on to state lawmakers for consideration. Winners have included schoolchildren, college students and, in an Ohio contest, a state representative from Illinois.
More details are available at www.tnmapitout.org.