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Redistricting

Congressional districts and government legislative bodies should be apportioned substantially on population. We oppose partisan and racial gerrymandering that strips rights away from voters.

Why it matters

Political and racial gerrymandering distorts and undermines representative democracy by allowing officials to select their voters rather than voters to elect their officials. When done for purposes of racial discrimination or to ensure the dominance of one political party, gerrymandering runs counter to equal voting rights for all eligible voters.

What we're doing

We promote transparent and accountable redistricting processes and to end hyper-partisan practices that don't benefit constituents. We believe responsibility for fair redistricting should be vested in an independent special commission, with membership that reflects the diversity of the unit of government. The League works in states across the country to pass ballot initiatives to institute independent redistricting commissions.  

Redistricting In Depth

The Virginia General Assembly will convene in a special session to redraw eleven House of Delegates districts that a three-judge panel deemed in June were an unconstitutional racial gerrymander.

A three-judge panel struck down the state’s congressional map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. 

The League submitted organizational comments regarding the inclusion of the citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

The League of Women Voters of North Carolina is a plaintiff in a case challenging the state's 13 congressional districts as extreme unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders.

The Supreme Court sent the North Carolina redistricting case of Rucho v. League of Women Voters of NC back to the U.S District court for further consideration.

This is the Leagues official position on redistricting as adopted by the delegates at the 2016 LWVUS Convention.

Today the Supreme Court ruled that the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate standing in the case of Gill v. Whitford, a case which challenged the state of Wisconsin’s assembly map as an example of partisan gerrymandering.

The justices left the door open for future challenges to partisan gerrymanders.

The League of Women Voters of Ohio today announced participation in a lawsuit challenging the state's U.S. congressional districts as unconstitutional.

The U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee continues to explore the proposal of a question related to citizenship on the 2020 Census.