Making Democracy Work
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, (425) 361-5007
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:
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Bills League Supports
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.