Redistricting

Every 10 years, state legislatures re-draw the boundaries of Congressional and legislative districts. Redistricting is supposed to reflect changes in population and ensure that everyone is fairly represented.

But politicians draw districts to give themselves or their party an unfair advantage. Common Cause believes voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around.

We're working to create better ways to draw districts that fairly represent your state's communities, whether that is independent commissions, non-partisan state staff, or clear Constitutional rules for how lines should be drawn.

In the States

Common Cause is leading the fight for fair representation all across the country. For more information on active reform campaigns, contact the following state leaders:

Active Ballot Initiative Campaigns

Ohio*: Issue 1 will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015 and would reduce partisanship in the drawing of General Assembly districts. Contact Catherine Turcer, Common Cause Ohio policy analyst.

Illinois*: The Illinois Map Amendment campaign is an effort to place on the 2016 ballot a constitutional amendment that would create an independent citizens commission to draw General Assembly districts. Contact Brian Gladstein, Common Cause Illinois Director of Programs and Strategy.

Possible Ballot Campaigns and Legislative Efforts

Florida
*: Common Cause supported a successful ballot initiative in 2010 to amend the Florida Constitution to ban partisan gerrymandering and will now determine how to further reform the system. Contact Peter Butzin, Common Cause Florida board chair.

Indiana: A newly created legislative study commission will spend 18 months examining different types of redistricting reform options and make recommendations. Contact Julia Vaughn, Common Cause Indiana policy analyst.

Maryland: The Tame the Gerrymander coalition continues to use fun events to shine a spotlight on a serious problem that has resulted in the most gerrymandered congressional district in the country. Contact Jennifer Bevan-Dangel, Common Cause Maryland executive director.

Michigan*: Democracy leaders are determining the best path forward to reform a state with some of the most gerrymandered districts in America. Contact Melanie McElroy, Common Cause Michigan executive director.

Minnesota: Democracy organizations are attempting to fix a gridlocked redistricting system that has resulted in court-drawn legislative maps for several decades. Contact Jeremy Schroeder, Common Cause Minnesota executive director.

Nebraska*: Common Cause Nebraska is working with allies in the legislature on legislation that would make the state’s process for drawing legislative districts more transparent and less partisan. Contact Gavin Geis, Common Cause Nebraska executive director.

North Carolina: Common Cause North Carolina is a member of the End Gerrymandering Now coalition, a strong right-left coalition of unlikely allies who believe that political gerrymandering should play no role in redistricting. Contact Jane Pinsky, director of the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform.

Pennsylvania: A bipartisan and bicameral group of legislators announced the formation of a working group seeking to draft and pass comprehensive redistricting legislation. Contact Barry Kauffman, Common Cause Pennsylvania executive director.

*An asterisk indicates that a state has a direct democracy ballot initiative option.

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