The League of Women Voters of Thurston County will hold an educational meeting focused on the 2020 census and redistricting beginning at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia.

The meeting is free and open to the public.  

There will be speakers from state government, local organizations and other groups, according to a press release. The 2020 Census will take place this year and will be the first U.S. census to offer options to respond online, by phone or by writing. Among other things, the census will determine the number of seats for the U.S. House of Representatives and the number of delegates for the Electoral College.  

In 2021, the State of Washington Redistricting Commission will use the census results to begin the process of “redistricting,” determining the number and geographical locations of congressional and state legislative districts. The League of Women Voters played a major role in the formation of Washington’s bipartisan Redistricting Commission.  

2020 census coordinator with the State Office of Financial Management Lisa McLean will provide an overview of census efforts in Washington. Sherry Sullivan, CIELO and the Hispanic Roundtable board member, and Lin Crowley, co-chair of the South Puget Sound chapter of the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition, will speak to local efforts to obtain a complete census count.  Alison McCaffree, executive director of Politics of the Possible in Action, will discuss redistricting and how it works in Washington. Dean Foster, retired member of the state Redistricting Commission, will also be present to provide information on the redistricting process.  

For more information, visit lwvthurston.org or contact R. Peggy Smith at 360-754-4305 or rpps4u@comcast.net.

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