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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

Statement from League of Women Voters of the U.S. and League of Women Voters of TexasWashington, DC – “The League is disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to block the San Antonio federal court’s maps, and urges the federal court to ensure that any new redistricting plans provide the fair representation that Texans deserve,” said LWVUS president Elisabeth MacNamara. “We are, however, encouraged that the Supreme Court decision avoids the worst possible outcome—implementation of the state legislature’s original, discriminatory redistricting plans, which clearly violate both sections 2 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act.”

The Moore County (NC) Board of Commissioners agreed to delay its decision until Jan. 3.

The League of Women Voters of Tennessee awarded top honors to a high school senior for best state house and senate maps in the League’s TN Redistricting: Map It Out! Contest.

League of Women Voters Urges U.S. Justice Department to Object

North Carolina League speaks out for Voters’ Rights

In an amicus curiae brief, the League asked the Supreme Court to protect fair voting districts by holding that the Voting Rights Act does not require a minority community's size to meet a rigid num

LWVUS filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court that will determine the rights of minority voters in North Carolina.  The brief urges the Court to hear the case which will review the Voting Rights