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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

LWV Texas and other partners joined North Carolina redistricting case Common Cause v. Lewis as amici curiae.

People Powered Fair MapsTM is a national redistricting campaign of the League of Women Voters focused on creating fair political maps nationwide. The campaign includes actions in all 50 states + D.C. 

Live interview with LWV CEO Virginia Kase on the rollout of the People Powered Fair Maps Campaign, a nationwide effort to end gerrymandering in the United States.

On June 27th, the U.S. Supreme Court held that they would continue to pass no judgment and not intervene in partisan gerrymandering cases. That means the Supreme Court will not set a standard for when redistricting is done in a way that intentionally groups voters by political party. 

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld highly partisan state election maps that permit one party to win most seats, even when most voters cast ballots for the other side.

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Rucho v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina that no fair test exists for courts to determine when partisan gerrymandering has gone too far. 

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the question of if Maryland's redistricting violated the First Amendment in the case Benisek v. Lamone.