BROOKINGS – A film that examines the history and impact of redistricting on states across the country will be shown from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at the Brookings Activity Center, 320 Fifth Ave.
The film “Slay the Dragon: End Gerrymandering or Democracy Dies” was created after the 2008 election and examines the attempts to elect a supermajority in state legislatures so the district lines can be drawn to assure only one political party dominates state governments. It is being shown in Brookings in conjunction with another showing by the League in Sioux Falls that day.
The showing, sponsored by the Brookings County Democrats and the South Dakota League of Women Voters, is part of a petition-drive campaign by the League to place a constitutional amendment on the 2022 ballot that would set up a non-partisan redistricting commission in the state. The commission would be comprised of people from each political party in equal numbers and would replace the committee that is dominated by one party that redistricts the state after each census. The goal is to have an equal balance of Democratic and Republican voters in each of the 35 districts.
The film is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and social distancing maintained. Masks are required. Petitions for the redistricting commission and the Medicaid expansion amendment will be available to sign and distribute to those who want to circulate them.
“This is our first in-person event since COVID reached our community and we hope that enough people have been vaccinated to make them feel safe to come see the film,” said Mary Perpich, chairperson of the Brookings County Democrats.
Those who cannot attend the screening can drive through the Activities Center parking lot from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2, to sign both petitions.