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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

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 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.

The League sent a letter to the U.S. House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee urging the committee to use its power and remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census.

This week the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Benisek v. Lamone, a case out of Maryland that argues politicians designed the state's congressional map with district lines based on partisan politics.

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania issued the following statement on the Supreme Court decision refusing to block the redrawing of Pennsylvania's congressional districts. 

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered the Commonwealth Court to decide a gerrymandering lawsuit by the end of the year.

The Act provides an important roadmap for solving the vital issues facing our political system and serves as a vehicle to help renew Americans’ faith that the problems facing our democracy can be solved.

League President Chris Carson talks to audiences from UCLA's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) on ethical and government reform issues relating to the Trump Presidency.