Waco: Residents walk to learn about voting districts

(Photo by Christy Soto)
By  | 

WACO, Texas (KWTX) Waco Walks partnered with The League of Women Voters of Waco Saturday morning and walked district lines to teach the community the impact boundary lines have on them.

They walked along a boundary known as the “dog leg," which separates voting precincts four, seven and eight.

Throughout the walk, they also discussed the importance of voting for local representatives, the meaning of gerrymandering and its effect on elections.

The League of Women Voters of Waco President Ivy Hamerly said it is important residents knows the importance of district lines.

“If voting districts are drawn in a way to make elections less competitive than the power of voters is less than it would be otherwise it makes our voting rights more effective if we have fairly drawn boundaries,” Hamerly said.

The League of Women Voters of Waco Voter Service Chair Rebecca Flavin said she wants to inform others after the 2020 U.S. Census, leaders will discuss redistricting.

She said that can have an effect on a local level.

Flavin said she strongly urges the community to vote this November.

“Typically on an off year, elections or non-presidential elections, turn out is abysmal and voting is just incredibly important,” Flavin said.

With only months away from what political experts are calling a "pivotal election" with the House and Senate up for grabs, it is important for citizens to vote.

“Knowing who these politicians are, who these representatives representing us and where the boundaries are who we are voting for on the local level is especially important because it’s usually on the local level that most of the local change is going to happen.” Eileen Bentson, The League of Women Voters of Waco member, said.