State Leaders Continue to Ignore Calls for A Fair Redistricting Process

One month and one week has passed since the pro-democracy coalition pressed state leaders for reform 

One week since Common Cause Delaware most recently called for a more transparent and participatory redistricting process, state leaders still have not given the public any information about how redistricting will work or set dates for public hearings. Since August, Common Cause Delaware and a coalition of more than 15 diverse community organizations have repeatedly urged state leaders to share details about the redistricting process with the public. Last week, Common Cause Delaware reiterated the call for a fair, transparent, and participatory redistricting process, highlighting its August 4 letter outlining guidelines for reform. 

“It’s concerning that state leaders refuse to communicate about how they plan to hold a process that is transparent and accountable to the people,” said Claire Snyder-Hall, director of Common Cause Delaware. “Redistricting will determine the people of Delaware’s voting power for the next ten years and we deserve to know how state legislators plan to draw new maps. It’s time state legislators start communicating with the public about this year’s redistricting cycle.”  

To date, state leaders have not announced any information about the current redistricting cycle, including a timeline or ways the public can participate. In its August 4 letter, the coalition asked that the proposed maps and all other relevant information be posted online and regularly updated, that the public be able to provide input on any proposed maps, and that the public be allowed to submit proposed maps for consideration. 

To read the coalition’s August 4 letter, click here