Making Democracy Work
Redistricting & Census

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, amccaffree@lwvwa.org(253) 720-6813
 DOWNLOAD the Census Issue Paper (Nov 2020)
 DOWNLOAD the Redistricting Issue Paper (Nov 2020)
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What to Expect in 2021

(Interested in the 2020 Session Recap? Click Here )

Redistricting

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 focused on the 2021 Washington State Redistricting Commission itself.

November 18, 2021 - The Washington State Redistricting Commission has failed to meet the 11/15 deadline. The responsibility for the maps now goes to the Washington State Supreme Court. The Court has until April 30, 2021 to complete the maps.  Access the Court's redistricting webpage here. 

Thank you to everyone for participating in a Speak Up School (over 700 of you) and for testifying to the commission with your community's needs. The LWVWA put together mapping solutions. Read more to find out the details. 

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Mapping

See our Mapping page: LWVWA wanted to insure transparency in our map drawing process so we put everything on the website. We held over 25 listening session around the state to understand how communities want to be represented in the 2021 maps. We submitted a set of maps that we created to the WA State Redistricting Commission on September 23, 2021.

Commission & Public Testimony

The members of the commission were appointed in January and have begun their work to draw the new legislative and congressional districting lines by November 15, 2021 by 11:59pm.  Each commissioner released Legislative draft maps on September 21 and Congressional maps on September 23.  The commission's website is: redistricting.wa.gov. Send comments to the commission at comment@redistricting.wa.gov

Appointed Commissioners are:
House Democrats: April Sims
Senate Democrats: Brady Pinero Walkinshaw
House Republicans: Paul Graves
Senate Republicans: Joe Fain
Nonvoting Chair: Sarah Augustine

For up to date details and the agendas, visit http://www.redistricting.wa.gov/meetings.html.

LWVWA Action

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 recommendations given to the Commission on April 12, 2021. 

For 2021 our initiatives included:

  • Put on Speak Up Schools all over the state and get people to testify to the commission in the spring of 2021. Speak Up Schools are workshops that inspired and help people make their testimony effective. For more information, visit our page on Speak Up Schools
  • Drew our own set of maps and submitted them to the commission. Based on the input we've received from people across state, the LWVWA created district maps that are legal and representative. We worked in coalition with many other organizations to form one set of maps with our collective priorities.

For future legislative sessions, we will be developing the following legislation and possible initiatives:

  • Repeat a bill similar to the 2020 bill HB 2575 in preparation for the 2031 redistricting cycle: Improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of the 2031 Washington State Redistricting Commission and maximize the impact of public input.
  • Change the composition of the Washington State Redistricting Commission to include ordinary people 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.

    Census

    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 were delayed. The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to rule on former President Trump’s attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants from apportionment data.

    • The U.S. Census Bureau announced appropriation numbers on April 26, 2021. US population is 331M and Washington population 7.71M. Washington retains it 10 representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives. WA legislative districts will be 157k people and congressional districts will be 771K people.  See details here. 
    • Redistricting numbers were delivered to the commission on August 12,2021 and the complete public toolkit was available on September 20, 2021.
    • On September 9, 2021, the Office of Financial Management release the official adjustment to the 2020 Census numbers that the Redistricting Commission will be using for the final maps as outlined in law. About 18,000 people were moved to from their current residence in prison, hospital or other group facility to their home districts. 
    • On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order to ensure all person living in the U.S. are counted in the census numbers used for redistricting.


    Bills the League Supports - 2021 Session

    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. 


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