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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.  

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Redistricting In Depth

LWVUS and Common Cause have written a letter to Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham asking him to commit to a fair and accurate census count. 

The President’s proposal to exclude immigrants in the 2021 redistricting cycle is unconstitutional and unconscionable.

The coronavirus outbreak has caused disruption for redistricting reform in states where groups have attempted to use the ballot initative process to reform the redistricting process. 

The League joined members and affiliates of The Census Project , urging Congress to include supplemental funding to help the Census Bureau cover costs related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its conduct of the 2020 Census. 

Since the launch of the campaign for People Powered Fair Maps, Leagues across the country have engaged in litigation for fair redistricting practices.  Here's where we've been fighting.

According to a USC study, Arkansas is the 8th most gerrymandered state, in regards to their state legislative districts. Here's how we're working toward fair maps in the state.

A federal judge ruled that the deadline to collect signatures should be extended for Fair Maps Nevada’s ballot initiative petition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Because of COVID-19, the Census has been forced to propose changes to its operating timeline and the dates for sending data regarding apportionment and redistricting.

A year ago SCOTUS declined to set a standard to rein in partisan gerrymandering, leading to the launch of our nationwide fair maps campaign. Here's where we are six months in.