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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 League sent a memo to the U.S. Senate calling for a hearing on the For the People Act. 

The League joined 178 civic organizations on an amicus brief for the census litigation case in New York.

This bill will make elections fairer and put power back in the hands of the American people.

Supreme Court justices heard arguments Tuesday on a North Carolina map, drawn by Republicans who explicitly sought a partisan advantage, and a Maryland voting district designed by Democrats to oust a Republican lawmaker.

One North Carolina case was Rucho vs. League of Women Voters of North Carolina.

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. 

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to act on partisan gerrymandering, calling the matter “one of the most important issues in America today.”

Hogan and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke at an anti-gerrymandering rally Tuesday morning organized by Common Cause and the League of Women Voters.

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.