Today the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature passed LB 580, a bill that would create a nine-person independent citizens commission tasked with redrawing congressional and state legislative districts after each census. The final tally was 29-15 in...
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.
In 2016, our coalition scored a major victory against gerrymandering. The Unicameral Legislature passed a bill to create an independent citizen redistricting commission. Unfortunately, Gov. Pete Ricketts vetoed the proposal on questionable constitutional grounds. Despite this setback, we will keep fighting.
Common Cause Nebraska will continue working to create a non-partisan redistricting commission 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.