3 Cases of Redistricting Reform: 2018 vs. Today
Partisan gerrymandering, i.e., designing electoral maps to benefit a particular political party during the redistricting process, goes against the core value of our democracy: that the people should choose their representatives, not the other way around. While the federal courts have decided they will ignore partisan gerrymandering, advocates across the country, joined by local Leagues, have taken up the fight for fair maps.
In November of 2018, voters passed ballot initiatives in three states to curb gerrymandering by reforming the redistricting process. Four years later, as redistricting battles once again sweep the nation, it’s time to look back at what those initiatives accomplished, and what still needs to be done.
- Missouri: The Clean Missouri Initiative and Amendment 3
- Michigan: Proposal 2 and the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission
- Utah: Proposition 4