By allowing the parties to draw their own state and Congressional districts, we’re allowing politicians to choose exactly which voters they want to vote where — giving the parties in power the ability to manipulate elections, with more granular data than ever before. Gerrymandering allows politicians to all but guarantee the ultimate partisan outcome of an election, before a single ballot has been cast.
Independent redistricting commissions give citizens a voice in the mapmaking process and empower them to make districts that are fair and representative of the people they serve.
Gov Roy Cooper (D-NC) and Gov Larry Hogan (R-MD)
that requires public input and support from Republicans, Democrats and independents
that eliminates partisan bias and fosters competition and electoral accountability
by giving citizens a voice, and keeping politicians, lobbyists, and their associates from hijacking the mapmaking system.
that drive better competition by forcing politicians to work to represent all of their constituents if they want to be reelected.
Every decade after the census, congressional maps are drawn to determine new districts for both state and federal seats. Independent redistricting commissions vest the power to draw these maps in a politically-independent commission that can seek input from citizens and communities. With a mandate to create districts that are representative and protect communities of interest, these commissions ensure that Americans are choosing their politicians, not the other way around.
Watch this video from our partner Campaign Legal Center to better understand the problem.
Instead of allowing self-interested politicians to choose which districts are most favorable to them, independent redistricting commissions draw maps that ensure citizen interests comes first.
4 states use Independent Redistricting Commissions for state maps
4 states use Independent Redistricting Commissions for federal maps
A ballot measure on the 2020 ballot will allow Virginians to decide whether to establish a citizen-led bipartisan redistricting commission to draw new maps for the commonwealth.