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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

“'Voters First' advocate Ann Henkener, Redistricting Specialist for the League of Women Voters of Ohio, ... explained the 'Voters First' initiative that proposes 'to take the power over drawing our congressional and legislative districts out of the hands of the politicians and put it in the hands of the people.'”

“After the census is taken, the Ohio Constitution calls for fair, compact legislative districts to be drawn if redistricting is necessary. What has happened to Lorain County in the latest redrawing of district lines is neither fair nor compact.”

On Monday, June 11, Attorney General Eric Holder addressed our National Convention.

League is “Fiercely Committed” to Nation’s Voters, says Holder

As I wrote earlier this week, I was in Wisconsin on Tuesday to observe the recall election. It was a long day, but very exciting to bear witness to democracy at work.

“The League of Women Voters spent a year studying how city council members are elected, and looking at what happened in other large cities that changed from an at-large system to one that was fully or partially district-based.”

“Ohio League of Women Voters director Ann Henkener, whose organization is spearheading the ballot effort, said Monday's announcement kicked off a week of signature-gathering and grassroots activity around the state.”

"Florida can hold congressional elections under the Legislature's new redistricting map this year, a judge ruled Monday shortly after the Justice Department approved that plan as well as state House and Senate maps."

“The court has until May 14 to review the legislature’s second attempt at drawing its redistricting maps and if the court rejects it this time, the justices must propose a fix.”

“Lawyers for the Florida Democratic Party, some individual citizens and the coalition argued the map violates the Fair Districts standards in one of two constitutional amendments covering legislative and congressional redistricting voters adopted in 2010. ... The Fair Districts coalition is made up of the League of Women Voters of Florida...”