Susan Lerner, director of Common Cause NY, visits Buffalo on January 12 to discuss the redistricting currently underway in New York and offer the citizens’ alternative to gerrymandering.

Will New York’s new electoral map be gerrymandered to protect incumbents, or will it be drawn impartially to maximize the voice of citizens and protect the rights of minorities?

Ms. Lerner will be joined by James Gardner, a national expert on election law and the director of the Jaeckle Center for Law and Democracy at the University at Buffalo Law School. She will demonstrate software that allows any citizen to draw his or her own map and submit it for consideration.

This free forum takes place Thursday, January 12 at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, 25 Nottingham Court, Buffalo. Doors open at 6:30pm; program starts at 7pm.

To reserve a seat, contact Megan Connelly,, 852-4191, ext. 110.

Co-sponsored by the Partnership for the Public Good, Common Cause NY, the League of Women Voters of Buffalo Niagara, and the Center for Economic and Policy Studies at Buffalo State College.