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
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Redistricting reform now moves our focus to the 2021 Washington State Redistricting Commission itself. The Commission will begin its work to draw the new Legislative and Congressional districting lines in January 2021 and end on November 15, 2021. We are still working to improved citizen trust, transparency, representation and overall effectiveness of the redistricting commission and its processes.
The next steps:
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 it plans, the final number are delayed. The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to rule on President Trump’s attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants from apportionment data.
Prefiled Bills We Are Supporting
SB 5013 Local Redistricting Deadlines. With this bill, local municipalities are required to redistricting by Nov 15 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.
How You Can 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