published Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Tennessee League of Women Voters criticizes redistricting process

An exterior view of the Tennessee State Capitol building.
An exterior view of the Tennessee State Capitol building.
Photo by The Tennessean /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee League of Women Voters today criticized state Republican lawmakers’ “secretive” redistricting process, saying it “lacks transparency and accountability.”

“We do not have a position on where to draw district lines nor do we necessarily believe this process is worse than previous legislative efforts,” League President Margie Parsley said in a letter. “We do believe, however, that the secret discussions which lead to this ‘take it or leave it plan’ do not serve the public interest.”

Parsley said Tennessee “can do better.”

Republicans claim their process, which involved months of secret discussions until the plan was officially unveiled last week, has been the most open process in state history. Republicans say they solicited plans from the public, but only three plans were submitted.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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