Making Democracy Work
Census & Redistricting

Ensure the redistricting process is accessible and transparent with timeframes that enable input and strengthen results and support an accurate and complete 2020 Census.


Issue Team Chair: Alison McCaffree, amccaffree@lwvwa.org(425) 361-5007
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2020 Legislative Session Expectations

(Interested in the 2019 Session Recap? Click Here)

The League of Women Voters of Washington is dedicated to supporting redistricting processes and enforceable standards that promote fair and effective representation at all levels of government. We encourage policies and practices that give maximum opportunity for civic participation by the widest variety of people.

How and where district lines are drawn in 2021 will determine how strong a voice each voter has for the next decade. The current Redistricting Commission laws have resulted in little controversy but also have created many noncompetitive districts and resulted in close majority control in our legislative chambers. While our process eliminates extreme partisan gerrymandering, we are fighting to improved citizen trust, transparency, representation and overall effectiveness.

For the 2020 Session we will be exploring two pieces of legislation:

  • Improve efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of the 2021 Washington State Redistricting Commission and maximize the impact of public input.
  • Change the composition of the Washington State Redistricting Commission to include citizens who are unaffiliated with the two major parties, greater commissioner diversity including women and people of color and representation from regions outside of Puget Sound.
    Click on Bill # for detailed information.  See UPDATES below.
    Bills League Supports
    • HB 2575  Modernizing the Redistricting Commission by increasing transparency and accountability; and maximizing public input.         3 Things you should know about HB 2575 bill:
      • Makes our commission even better by getting started earlier, creating full time commissioners, and defining the public input process.
      • Increases trust in the commission’s map drawing process by publishing priorities early, giving access to all their data and requiring comprehensive reporting.
      • Gives people with limited English a better chance to engage with the commission by requiring translation services and notices in major languages.
    UPDATE: Hearing for this bill is Tuesday January 21, 2020 at 1:30 in John L O’Brien building Hearing Room E.  If you are in Olympia for Lobby Day please sign in – in support of the bill. If you can’t make it please respond to the action alert and send in written testimony.

      Bills League Supports

      ·      HB 1396 Regarding changes to the requirements of redistricting maps and adds changes on redistricting commissioners in participating in or donating to campaigns. This bill adds an efficiency gap measurement requirement to ensure there is no extreme partisan gerrymandering. This bill is not expected to get a hearing.

      ·      SB 5496 Regarding district boundaries and precincts within them. This bill lays out a deadline for auditors filing changes to precincts and requires that precincts to be wholly outside of or wholly within any city or town; adjusting contiguity requirements as necessary.



      Census Action — The Census in coming!

      You will receive your postcard with your census link starting in Mid-March 2020. Official census day is where you live and sleep most of the time on April 1. Please fill out your census for your household and then help someone else make sure they get counted.

      Download the latest Redistricting Advocacy PowerPoint Presentation Here. Click Here. 


      There are a number of other areas of Democracy that we are working on.  Please see Campaign Finance & Government Ethics, Elections, and Election Security.


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