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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

“This decision gives us a new tool to fight partisan gerrymandering,” said President MacNamara.

"Today was an important step; the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on voting rights and discrimination. The end result of that discussion: we must pass the VRAA and quickly," said Elisabeth MacNamara, national President of the League of Women Voters.

Today, on the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision that gutted key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, the Senate will finally hold a hearing on the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (VRAA).

Access to the vote is not about politics; it's about justice and equality. The Voting Rights Amendment Act (VRAA) is the remedy that will help ensure equal access to the vote for all eligible Americans.

I was thrilled to visit with over 100 students visiting Washington, D.C. through the Close Up Foundation to help explain how the League of Women Voters advocates on public policy issues at the federal, state and local levels.

The Oakland League embraces the history of the suffrage movement; we are proud to highlight our history and work during Women’s History Month, but also are committed to improving our community throughout the year.

Rooted in the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the League has worked to foster civic engagement and enhance access to the vote since our organization was founded in 1920.

North Carolina Challenge Goes to Court; Affected Hundreds of Voters in 2012

Next week, a Raleigh court will hear evidence detailing how North Carolina's flawed 2011 redistricting plan was intentionally designed to harm hundreds of voters, especially those living in minority communities.

"What Is Issue 2? Issue 2 is a reform effort led by the League of Women Voters, CommonCause Ohio, Ohio Citizen Action, and the NAACP. Issue 2 would take the power over redistricting out of the hands of the politicians and put it in the hands of the people."