Every 10 years, states redraw the boundaries of legislative districts based on data collected by the Census Bureau. While New Yorkers expect the redistricting process to give them a voice and increase political participation, politicians abuse their power and manipulate district lines, benefiting themselves. Common Cause New York is working to restore balance to district maps by guaranteeing that they are free of favoritism or political influence.
Common Cause New York has been fighting for fair and objective redistricting for over a decade.
In 2011, Common Cause New York released the only set of non-partisan redistricting maps for both the state legislature and Congress, which were widely hailed by the media as fair and viable alternatives to the legislature’s official proposals. Ultimately, our maps were used as templates for those now in place. During the 2012-2013 New York City Council redistricting cycle, Common Cause New York offered neighborhood workshops, ensuring residents understood the redistricting process and were able to contribute to setting political boundary lines.
Today Common Cause New York is:
- Educating Nassau County voters and legislators on the importance of redistricting reform and the impact of gerrymandering as part of the Nassau United Redistricting Coalition;
- Supporting truly independent redistricting commission as Syracuse redraws the lines for Common Council districts;
- Demanding that Governor Cuomo release $20 million in U.S. Census outreach funding;
- Reaching out to communities and providing access to redistricting tools to allow meaningful participation.