THE LEAGUE’S POSITION

The League of Women Voters believes responsibility for redistricting preferably should be vested in an independent special commission, with membership that reflects the diversity of the unit of government, including citizens at large, representatives of public interest groups, and members of minority groups.
- June 2016

http://lwv.org/content/election-process


The September 2017 LWVUT Redistricting Initiative Study:


Local News Coverage about Utah's Redistricting Effort:

http://bit.ly/2uZFq80

A Letter to the Editor about the importance of an independent commission:

http://bit.ly/2ukSRgP


To Learn More about partisan redistricting, here are some further resources:

Slaying the Partisan Gerrymander

How Gerrymandered is My State?

Why are congressional districts shaped to oddly? - an NPR report


For a basic discussion about the redistricting process:

"The Only Institution in the United States That Can Solve This Problem"  http://bit.ly/2ll2ywO

Redistricting 101 bit.ly/redistricting101

NYT editorial on Redistricting Bingo:

Extreme partisan maps account for 16-17 GOP seats:

http://bit.ly/2rh2yNA


League Toolkits:

http://forum.lwv.org/sites/default/files/redistricting_action_kit_-_questions_for_elected_officials.pdf

http://forum.lwv.org/member-resources/article/useful-resources-redistricting

http://forum.lwv.org/sites/default/files/redistricting_action_kit.pdf


Courts around the nation are taking up the issue of redistricting.

Read what Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says about the pending case:

http://bit.ly/2eGb3iJ

Read about the state of redistricting litigation throughout the nation - a Brennan Center report:

http://bit.ly/2pQoeNX

The U.S. Supreme Court has left intact a lower court ruling in a North Carolina case:

http://nyti.ms/2qKvi3O

And the Supreme Court will consider an appeal from a decision in Wisconsin that may have found that holy grail. The case, Gill v. Whitford, No. 16-1161, arrives at the court in the wake of a wave of Republican victories in state legislatures that allowed lawmakers to draw election maps favoring their party.

http://nyti.ms/2ql8UNB


Read the League's effort to come to concurrence on redistricting:

http://bit.ly/2nd8kk4

And read about what's happening with other Leagues around the nation:


http://lwvnc.org/act/league-action-items/fair-elections/

http://www.lwvohio.org/


A brief presentation with map on redistricting from 2009, just before the last state lines were redrawn:

https://youtu.be/ahR3vs0EdmI


News reports on redistricting:

http://wapo.st/2rn9ZFs (How GOP gerrymandering is protecting Trump)

http://bit.ly/2rAEapH (Republicans move redistricting behind closed doors)


What Utahns think about redistricting:

http://bit.ly/2r1G4mn (The road back to functional government)


A review of David Daley's book, Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal American's Democracy can be found at:

http://bit.ly/2mLjlZ6

and

American Democracy Betrayed

http://bit.ly/2lIek3X

 


A PowerPoint presentation focusing on the legal background of partisan gerrymandering and the Wisconsin case to be heard during the next term of the U.S. Supreme Court is found at:

http://bit.ly/2lIfi04

 


For Utah specific information on elections and redistricting in 2011 see:

http://bit.ly/2mLvhtZ

 


Another site for redistricing information can be at the National Association of State Legislatures

http://www.ncsl.org/research/redistricting.aspx