News from LWVWA President: LWVUS Launches Fair Maps Redistricting Strategy

By Lunell Haught, LWVWA President

The League of Women Voters of the United States will be leading a national 50-state redistricting campaign focused  on creating fair political maps nationwide - the People-Powered Fair Maps Campaign. Although Washington is in much better shape than many states, we’ll be part of this effort.

The June 27, 2019, decision by the United States Supreme Court in three partisan gerrymandering cases (including Rucho v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina) was a call to action for the League of Women Voters. When the court decided to take a hands-off approach to redistricting, the League decided to jump into a people-powered fair maps campaign to ensure fair representation across the country.

Because the Supreme Court has said they won’t hear any more of these cases, state legislators have a green light to continue this undemocratic process that silences voters. We don’t have an equal playing field when it comes to election maps across the country, and the redistricting process set to begin in 2021 is in danger. We do not have to rely on the Supreme Court to solve partisan gerrymandering.

The LWV campaign includes:
-Education/Advocacy
-Organizing and Mobilizing
-Partnership Building
-Ballot Initiatives/Referendums
-State Constitutional Option/Litigation
-Federal Legislative Fixes

The League will ensure that there is an opportunity to restore the Voting Rights Act prior to the redistricting cycle in 2021. The pending Voting Rights Advancement Act modernizes the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

The national board authorized half a million dollars to launch this campaign, and every state League will receive some of that funding through grants. This work will look different in each state, and the campaign will be unveiled to all members on the People Powered Fair Maps Campaign Tele-Town Hall on September 4th from 3:00-3:45 p.m. PDT. Register now!

This campaign is going to be the major focus of the organization over the next several years, and I’m excited for Washington to be a part of it.