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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

On June 27th, the U.S. Supreme Court held that it would not intervene in partisan gerrymandering cases. The Supreme Court refuses to 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.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was one of the most important pieces of legislation of the 20th century. On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court rocked the civil rights world by gutting important sections of the VRA in the case Shelby County v. Holder.

The League joined letters to the Census Project and other affiliates calling on Congress to support the funding levels for the Census Bureau appropriated in the FY 2020 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill. 

The Court provided clarity that state Attorneys General will maintain the exclusive right to bring future redistricting cases.

This month the Supreme Court will issue their decision in Rucho v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina, our redistricting lawsuit that could set a standard for the whole nation when it comes to partisan gerrymandering.