Making Democracy Work®
We call for a state constitutional amendment creating a People First Redistricting Commission before 2031. They want a process and commission structure that will produce the best maps for the people of Washington State.
2031 Redistricting Reform Campaign
LWVWA is leading a multi-year, statewide campaign to reimagine and reform the Washington State redistricting process. In keeping with League positions and the current Protect Democracy campaign, LWVWA will plan and execute a campaign to reform the structure and procedures of the Washington State Redistricting Commission through a state constitutional amendment and statutory changes before the 2031 redistricting cycle
May 7, 2023, 2023 — LWVWA adopts Redistricting Reform Campaign at State Convention.
Jan 28, 2023 — LWVWA has initiated a Washington State Redistricting Reform Task Force. It meets every month on the Third Wednesday at 2pm. Please register here or contact Alison McCaffree at email@example.com.
Jan 14, 2023 —2011 Cycle Update: On 11/16/21, the 2021 Redistricting Commission passed the responsibility to decide the maps to the Courts but did end up producing maps they negotiated passed the deadline. On 12/3/21, the Courts decided to accept these maps. On 2/8/22 The Legislature passed technical updates suggested by county auditors and election officials. On 2/23/22 The commission agreed on a settlement on two lawsuits that attested they did not follow the Open Public Meetings Act. A lawsuit attesting that the maps passed violate the federal Voting rights Act is ongoing. A hearing is expected in March 2023. 2022 Elections were held with the maps passed through the Legislature on 2/8/22. Printed maps are now available from the Legislative Information Center.
There are currently no redistricting specific bills. The League priority bills are in bold below will support our efforts to pass fair redistricting. Please click to the other issue webpages to get the latest information and take action.
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The 2021 Washington State Redistricting Commission failed to create maps that represented the people. A good outreach process was muted. Partisan interests prevailed behind closed doors, resulting in Commissioners rushing to approve maps they had barely seen. Incumbent protection and partisan tradeoffs dominated district line decisions. The State Supreme court let the negotiated maps stand. Since there was little time to perfect maps, even noncontroversial modifications were not done. The people of Washington State deserve better. We deserve district lines that best represent the people of the state and give us the best chance to elect the representative of our choosing.
What Needs to Change
The People of Washington state deserve to be proud of our maps and the transparent, equitable, accessible mapping process. Full-scale redistricting reform includes:
Take Action: Our focus for 2023 is to build a network of support. We can’t do this without you.