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 affect your voting power for the next 10 years. Our current redistricting reform activities focuses on the 2021 Washington State Redistricting Commission itself. We encourage you to attend a Speak Up School and testify to the commission with your communities needs. LWVWA is also putting together mapping solutions. Read more to find out the details.
The members of the commission have been appointed and begun their work to draw the new Legislative and Congressional districting lines by November 15, 2021. They are currently setting up their staff and beginning to outline their outreach process. Please watch for meeting announcements and links to past meetings at the commission's website: redistricting.wa.gov
LWVWA is working to improved 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 are:
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 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 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.
Status SB5013 passed the Senate 49/0 on January 27 and passed in the House 98/0 on March 24.
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