In America, elections are supposed to represent the will of the people, not politicians.
But partisan politicians manipulate voting maps to keep themselves and their party in power. We need to reform the rules and make the process of drawing districts impartial and transparent so our government is of, by, and for the people.
Every 10 years, states re-draw the boundaries of congressional and legislative districts. Redistricting is supposed to reflect changes in population and ensure that everyone is fairly represented.
But politicians draw districts to give themselves or their party an unfair advantage. Common Cause believes voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around.
We’re working to create better ways to draw districts that fairly represent your state’s communities. We support reforms including the creation of independent redistricting commissions, the hiring of non-partisan state staff, and clear, constitutional rules for how lines should be drawn. Read our redistricting principles.
In the Courts
Common Cause is leading the fight for fair representation in the courts. We are plaintiffs in Common Cause v. Rucho, the first ever federal court decision striking down a congressional map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. The Supreme Court is likely to hear our case this year. We have led the amicus brief strategy in several U.S. Supreme Court cases. This includes Gill v. Whitford and Benisek v. Lamone, two landmark cases the Supreme Court will soon decide to set a legal standard to challenge partisan gerrymandering nationwide.
In the States
Common Cause is leading the fight for fair representation across the country. Common Cause is leading the fight for fair representation at the ballot box, and at the grassroots in many states. See our activist guide on redistricting reform. Learn more about our state campaigns to see how you can get involved in your community.