Kutztown University will be hosting the Democracy Games, an event showcasing tools to make valid election maps, on Oct. 25, in Academic Forum Room 101 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and is hosted by Draw the Lines PA and the KU department of political science and public administration.
The Democracy Games will demonstrate the new DistrictBuilder software, an online tool that is used to make valid election maps and be shared with elected officials, as well as focus on the issue of gerrymandering and how it relates to voting and democracy.
KU is inviting interested community members for a night of games, food and competition that bring hilarity and fun to a serious topic. Show off your knowledge in political trivia, put Pennsylvania's old congressional district map together yourself, plus much more. There will be prizes for competition winners. Please bring a laptop to draw your map.
Draw the Lines is a new, statewide civic education and engagement campaign surrounding the redistricting process and gerrymandering. DTL has just launched a three-year initiative to inform and engage Pennsylvanians around democratic reform via a barnstorming tour that began in Philadelphia this past Constitution Day.
Kutztown is one of several stops throughout the tour, with others including the Lehigh Valley, State College and Pittsburgh, among others.
Draw the Lines, a project of the Committee of Seventy, is a government nonprofit based in Philadelphia. Each DTL region has its own nonpartisan steering committee made up of civic, education and business leaders from that region. The project puts into the hands of Pennsylvanians, digital tools that allow Draw the Lines participants to learn how to draw maps - just as politicians have for decades.
For more information, visit www.drawthelinespa.org.
Event is sponsored by the KU department of political science and public administration.