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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

Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections is scheduled to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court during the current term and covers the topic of racial gerrymandering in Virginia.

The League sent comments to the Census Bureau regarding the decision to continue using the “usual residence” rule. The rule counts incarcerated citizens at their prison addresses rather than their home addresses.

League set agenda for the next biennium and elected unanimously Chris Carson of Burbank, California as the organization's 19th national president.

“This is an 8-0 decision that reinforces basic constitutional principles and previous holdings by the Supreme Court. This is a big win," said President MacNamara.

Wittman v. Personhuballah is scheduled to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on March 21, 2016 and covers the topic of racial gerrymandering in Virginia.

"The League is pleased to have the power of the presidency behind reforms that lower barriers to voters and help us work toward a more perfect democracy," said President MacNamara.

In addition to lobbying the 114th Congress in support of our priorities, the League is working on a number of important policy proposals put forth by the President and agencies of the federal government. We will also be participating in litigation that could have a major impact on laws and regulations.

Evenwel v. Abbott, a case out of Texas, has the potential to upset the criteria for drawing state and local legislative districts so that they would be determined by the total number of voters instead of total population. The League submitted an amicus brief in Evenwel that supports the current practice of drawing district lines.

The LWVUS recently submitted an amicus curiae brief with other groups to the Supreme Court in Evenwel v. Abbott.

Predictable Results: A Report from the League of Women Voters of Ohio Comparing 2011 Gerrymandering to the 2012 and 2014 Election Results, concluded that Ohio’s legislative districts are rigged to yield completely predictable results.