Redistricting Principles

For a More Perfect Union

On June 17, 2014, a diverse coalition of 16 civil rights and democracy organizations unveiled a set of principles that should guide any process for drawing legislative lines. This is a summary of the goals contained in Redistricting Principles for a more Perfect Union:

  • Full and accurate counts of all communities,
  • Improved Census outreach and data collection,
  • Elimination of prison gerrymandering,
  • Protection of racial minorities,
  • Strong consideration of communities of interest,
  • Open and accessible meetings of decision-makers,
  • Outreach to communities and access to redistricting tools to allow meaningful participation,
  • Decision-makers who reflect the diversity of the population being redistricted and disclosure of potential conflicts of interest,
  • Clear and evenly applied rules for disclosure of relationships between decision-makers and non-decision-making participants, and
  • Access to information about any non-public discussions of redistricting between decision-makers.
Common Cause’s Kathay Feng joined by MALDEF, Lawyers’ Committee, and AAAJ | AAJC at Principles unveiling.

Common Cause’s Kathay Feng joined by MALDEF, Lawyers’ Committee, and AAAJ | AAJC at Principles unveiling.

Endorsing organizations include:

  • Advancement Project
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) 
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
  • Brennan Center for Justice
  • Campaign Legal Center
  • CHANGE Illinois
  • Common Cause
  • Demos
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • LatinoJustice PRLDEF
  • Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
  • NAACP LDF
  • NALEO Educational Fund
  • Prison Policy Initiative
  • Sierra Club
  • Southern Coalition for Social Justice

Read the full Redistricting Principles for a More Perfect Union here

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