In a democracy, we are supposed to choose our elected representatives.

However, in some instances, through partisan tactics, our representatives are really choosing their voters. Election Day is when we get to have our say, and we need to reform the rules so every vote matters.

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 Nebraska is working for an independent redistricting commission to ensure that the lines are drawn fairly and districts represent the communities they serve.


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