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Redistricting

We call for redistricting reform before 2031 that includes an updated commission, ongoing staff & technology support, process transparency, clearly defined ranked criteria, an inclusive process for public input and language accessibility.


Issue Chair: Alison McCaffree, amccaffree@lwvwa.org(253) 720-6813
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Overview

We call for comprehensive redistricting reform before the next commission in 2031. Simple fixes are not going to be enough to get maps that represent our communities well. Let’s set the next commission up for success. Our system is clearly not robust enough. We call for working sessions on redistricting in the House and Senate State Government Committees and deep discussion during the interim. Download a copy of our proposed timeline below here. 


See the 2021 LWVWA Mapping Process and final maps here

See the 2021 Speak Up School: Learn to Testify process here. 

July 12, 2022—On 11/16/21, the 2021 Redistricting Commission passed the responsibility to decide the maps to the Courts but did end up producing maps they negotiated passed the deadline. On 12/3/21, the Courts decided to accept these maps. On 2/8/22 The Legislature passed technical updates suggested by county auditors and election officials.  On 2/23/22 The commission agreed on a settlement on two lawsuits that attested they did not follow the Open Public Meetings Act. A lawsuit attesting that the maps passed violate the federal Voting rights Act is ongoing. The maps will not change for the 2022 Elections. 

Comprehensive Reform

Please ask your state and local representative to call for comprehensive redistricting reform. Comprehensive redistricting reform includes:

    1)    Changing the structure of the commission to have non-political operatives and people who do not identify with either of the two major parties. This would include a structured process to identify and select commissioners.

    2)    Sooner or ongoing staff to support commission in data collection and keeping the public informed. This staff would also support the legislature in determining if new districts might be needed mid-decade and support other departments in potential population shift trends.

    3)    Process transparency to ensure the public wishes are considered and followed

    4)    Put into law the definitions of redistricting map criteria and how they will be ranked. 

    5)    Language accessibility for input and redistricting information dissemination.

    6)    Comprehensive and inclusive process for public outreach and input.

    Bill Tracking

    League priority bills are in bold below.

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    How To Be Involved
    • Local Leagues in Washington have action chairs who coordinate action teams. Some local Leagues have democracy teams to take action locally. Contact your local League action chair to find out and join.
    • You may also express your opinion on legislation with the LWVWA issue chairs. We will take your perspectives under considerations as we determine our support for legislation and prepare testimony. Alison McCaffree, Redistricting Issue Chair, amccaffree@lwvwa.org.

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