Every 10 years, in the year following the Census, state legislatures rearrange the boundaries of Congressional and legislative districts. Redistricting is supposed to reflect changes in population and ensure that everyone is fairly represented. But by manipulating the lines, moving friendly voters into pockets of strength and breaking up areas where they and their allies typically run weakest, members of the majority party – Democrat or Republican – can have a big impact on who’ll represent you in the statehouse and in Congress. Common Cause believes redistricting should level the political playing field, not tilt it toward any party or office holder. We want your voice to be heard in this critical process.
Thankfully, there are plenty of energized citizens working hard to open doors to the legislative wheeling and dealing. Common Cause is working to create non-partisan redistricting commissions to press for districts that are fairly representative of their communities and free from any partisan taint. Join us. Because what the politicians are doing right now is just not fair, but with your help it can be -- even if they'd prefer we just stay silent.
An independent redistricting commission championed by California Common Cause has become a model for redistricting reform across the country. Read former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Indianapolis Star essay urging Hoosier State lawmakers to adopt a strong bipartisan redistricting system similar to the California plan.