It is the Constitutionally required duty of the West Virginia Governor to call a forthcoming, but yet to be scheduled, special session of the West Virginia Legislature to realign the legislative districts of West Virginia's Delegates, Senators, and Congressional Representatives.
These public forums will focus exclusively and seek additional citizen feedback on this process for their voting districts.
The purpose of these forums is to help promote a fair and open political process while striving also to preserve the unity of local communities within voting districts and to avoid multi-county voting districts in the House of Delegates.
Information providing at these public forums will include census data, population growth statistics, maps showing the updated populations by precincts, and also current legislative district boundaries.
Forum meeting dates, times, and places are as follows:
*Tuesday, May 31st, 2011, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM: Angus & Ale Steakhouse, 146 South Ridge Drive, Berkeley Springs, WV.
*Thursday, June 2nd, 2011, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM: CNB Bank Community Building, 2646 Hedgesville Road (building is immediately behind the bank), Hedgesville, WV (near "Panhandle Motors").
*Saturday, June 4th, 2011, 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon: Bedington Volunteer Fire Department, 775 Bedington Road, Bedington, WV.
*Tuesday, June 7th, 2011, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM: First Baptist Church, 634 Middleway Pike, Inwood, WV.
*Wednesday, June 8th, 2011, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM: Martinsburg City Council Meeting Room, 232 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV.
All citizens are encouraged to attend and participate in these forums.
These meetings are not being conducted at taxpayer expense, and town hall forums in other nearby counties also are under consideration and discussion.