Akron, OH - The League of Women Voters of the Akron Area, in partnership with The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, The Akron NAACP, and The Akron Press Club, are presenting a forum to look at the redistricting issue from a national and local perspective. The event will be held at the Akron-Summit County Public Library Auditorium, located at 60 South High Street, on Wednesday, March 21 from 6:00-7:30 pm. The panel will be moderated by Akron Beacon Journal Editor Bruce Winges, and will feature national political writer David Daley, Common Cause Ohio Executive Director Catherine Turcer and State Senator Vernon Sykes who represents Ohio’s 28th district. The discussion will center around the latest information and expectations for 2018 in Ohio and across the U.S., Ohio’s May ballot Issue 1, the 2020+ census, and more. Daley is a senior fellow for FairVote, author of Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy, and is a frequent lecturer and media source about gerrymandering. Turcer is Executive Director of Common Cause Ohio and the Co-leader of Fair Districts Ohio, a coalition of good government groups seeking to reform how Ohio’s Congressional Districts are drawn with the goal of ending partisan gerrymandering. Senator Sykes is a longtime advocate of redistricting reform. Sykes' efforts inside the legislature, along with pressure for reform from the unprecedented results of the Fair Districts signature campaign, led to the compromise measure Senate Joint Resolution 5, now Issue 1 on the May ballot. The event is free and open to the public.