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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 U.S. Supreme Court will hear Rucho v. League of Women Voters North Carolina, which could result in ending partisan gerrymandering across the nation. 

Watching the passage of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, was a spectacular experience. The League worked to build support for this legislation and shape the bill’s language.

LWVUS submitted substantive comments to the U.S.  Census Bureau on the 2020 Address Canvassing operation.

The League of Women Voters of Maryland joined as amici on a brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court case Lamone v. Benisek.

The League filed an amicus brief in Rucho v. Common Cause at the U.S. Supreme Court. The League's case, Rucho v. LWVNC, is combined with this case.

Was the last re-drawing of Michigan’s political district maps so biased in Republicans’ favor, they were illegal?

That question literally went on trial Tuesday, with a three-judge panel in Detroit’s federal court hearing arguments for and against Michigan’s 2011 redistricting maps.

If this settlement is approved by the court, 11 state house districts will be redrawn to fairly represent voters—that’s one more step toward making sure voters are picking their politicians, and not the other way around.

Members of the LWVUS Lobby Corps visited members of the U.S. House urging them to support HR1, the For the People Act.

This morning, U.S. House leadership unveiled a sweeping democracy reform bill that will make elections fairer and put power back in the hands of the American people. HR1, the For the People Act, is a roadmap to solve the problems facing our democracy.