LWV US Blog 10/5/2020
Every 10 years, after the collection of the decennial census data, states redraw their state and congressional district lines. These districts determine how communities are represented at the local, state, and federal levels. The redistricting process is fundamental in influencing how our government works for us...
We can curb gerrymandering through increased public input, accountability, and transparent processes. The redistricting process varies from state to state. Some states have independent redistricting commissions that draw maps, while others have their maps drawn by politicians and legislators, and others fall somewhere in between. To ensure that the redistricting process is fair and doesn’t lead to racial or partisan gerrymandering, it is necessary to have opportunity for public input and accountability into the map-drawing process. The League of Women Voters is using a variety of methods to reform the redistricting process in states and increase opportunities for people to have a voice in how their districts are drawn.