Making Democracy Work
Ensure the 2021 redistricting process is well publicized, accessible to the widest range of constituents, efficient, and transparent, and support an accurate and complete 2020 Census.
Issue Chair: Alison McCaffree, firstname.lastname@example.org, (253) 720-6813
What to Expect in 2021
(Interested in the 2020 Session Recap? Click Here )
Your voting power starts here. Where the lines are drawn for legislative and congressional districts affects your voting power for the next 10 years. Our current redistricting reform activities focus on the 2021 Washington State Redistricting Commission itself. We encourage you to attend a Speak Up School and testify to the commission with your community's needs. The LWVWA is also putting together mapping solutions. Read more to find out the details.
Commission & Public Testimony
The members of the commission have been appointed and have begun their work to draw the new legislative and congressional districting lines by November 15, 2021. Please watch for meeting announcements and links to past meetings at the commission's website: redistricting.wa.gov. Send comments to the commission at email@example.com
The current public outreach plan is to conduct online public testimony meetings by congressional districting. The first two months of their schedule are listed below. Visit Commission website for links to testify.
Congressional district #1 (Whatcom, E Skagit, E Snohomish, NE King) = Sat. June 5, 1pm - 3pm
Appointed Commissioners are:
The LWVWA is working to improve citizen trust, transparency, representation and overall effectiveness of the redistricting commission and its processes. Click Here for a list of recommendation given to the Commission on April 12, 2021.
Our initiatives include:
For future legislative sessions, we will be developing the following legislation and possible initiatives:
The numbers from the 2020 Census are at the heart of redistricting. With the pandemic forcing the U.S. Census Bureau to adjust its plans, the final number is delayed. The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to rule on former President Trump’s attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants from apportionment data.
Bills the League Supports
SB 5013 Local Redistricting Deadlines. With this bill, local municipalities are required to redistrict by November 15, 2021, even if the census data is delayed. Current law gives municipalities eight months after they receive the data (RCW 29A.76.010 and 2018 c 301 s 8). An emergency clause means this law would go into effect immediately after it is signed.
Status SB5013 passed the Senate 49/0 on January 27, 2021, and passed in the House 98/0 on March 24, 2021. Signed by the Governor on May3 and is effective 7/25/2021.
How to Be Involved
1. Host or Attend a Speak Up School
2. Host or Attend a Listening Session
3. Testify to the 2021 Washington Redistricting Commission on Your District