In our current system, politicians draw their own district lines to pick their own voters in order to protect themselves. That is why we must improve the redistricting process to make it more transparent and accountable. We need to put an end to hyper-partisan practices that don't benefit constituents.
The League of Women Voters of Texas is proud to support the following legislation that would create an independent redistricting commission for our U.S. Congressional and State Legislative districts:
HB 3421 (Gonzalez, M.)
HJR 123 (& enabling legislation HB 3928) (Neave)
SJR 52 (& enabling legislation SB 1537) (Menendez)
These bills meet all the criteria that the League of Women Voters wants to see.
- Commission membership is balanced among the major parties while also providing an opportunity for others (from 3rd parties) to participate, it and represents the diversity of our state's population.
- Nonpartisan criteria, in priority order, used to establish districts that would ensure that the U.S. Constitution and the federal Voting Rights Act are followed. Communities of interest of all kinds would be recognized, along with the political boundaries of cities and counties.
- An open and public process—public hearings with sufficient notice to those who want to participate, committee deliberations in public and all records posted on the Internet.
- Maps would be approved by more than a simple majority vote.
- Proposed maps will be available for public review and comment prior to any decision.