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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

 “Several normally tepid procedural rulings have sparked a flurry of divided opinions as the Florida Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments over redistricting maps ... ”
 

“The League of Women Voters of Port Washington-Manhasset [NY]...takes issue with the vote taken by the North Hempstead Town Board on Wednesday...that created a redistricting committee made up only of appointees of the town’s nine-member council.”

 “With about a week to go until the Feb. 29 oral arguments before the Florida Supreme Court over the state's plan for legislative redistricting, justices are already fighting about how far the court can go in reviewing the new maps ... voting-rights groups – including the League of Women Voters, the National Council of La Raza and Common Cause Florida – contend that the lawmakers violated the anti-gerrymandering Fair Districts provisions in the constitution...”
 

 “The League of Women Voters of Florida, with four lawsuits now in place against the actions of state legislators, prepped members at the Governors Club in Tallahassee Tuesday night, with a demonstration planned at the Capitol on Wednesday.”
 

“This bill smacks of an effort by some state lawmakers to avoid answering how they came up with strong Republican congressional districts in areas where the number of GOP voters has declined ... The Florida League of Women Voters says the proposed law “takes the smoke-filled rooms of state government and puts a clear billboard across the door: ‘Citizens May Not Enter.’”

“The Midland League of Women Voters met this week to hear a presentation about reforming the redistricting process in Michigan.”

 “The new congressional district maps caused all sorts of shuffling ... today the League of Women Voters announced it will sue to seek to have them redone.”
 

 “Florida is supposed to be the Sunshine State, but the outlook is cloudy for the future of the Congressional delegation there.”
 

“As a nonpartisan citizen's organization, the League of Women Voters has long supported the appointment of an independent commission for the redistricting process.”

"Leaders of the New York League of Women Voters have seen proposals for redrawing the district maps for the New York State Legislature in this fall's elections, and they don't like them."