Making Democracy Work



"The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that congressional districts and government legislative bodies should be apportioned substantially on population. The League is convinced that this standard, established by the Supreme Court, should be maintained and the U.S. Constitution should not be amended to allow for consideration of factors other than population in apportionment." (LWV Impact on Issues 2012-2014)

In keeping with the League's longstanding mission, "Making Democracy Work," The League of Women Voters emphasizes a nonpartisan approach to redistricting reform. Our goal is not to further the interests of a party or candidate, but of the voters. We want district lines drawn by an independent commission and we want criteria that do not include protecting the interests of incumbents or parties. This is essential to break through voter apathy (why vote if the conclusion is foregone?), to reduce polarization in our legislature and Congress, and to ensure that every legislator must make his or her case to voters representing the full range of citizens who live in around their communities.

To help explain the issues around redistricting The League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area has developed a this informative slide presentation powered by Stacker.

SC Voter Articles about Redistricting by Lynn Teague and Holley Ulbrich.

National Articles worth considering:

Diluting the Vote: Redistricting Violations Threaten the US Election System By SHEELA NIMISHAKAVI | August 2, 2017

Non-Profit Quarterly Voting Rights and the Efficiency Gap Measure By ERIN RUBIN | August 16, 2017

The New Front in the Gerrymandering Wars: Democracy vs. Math Sophisticated computer modeling has taken district manipulation to new extremes. To fix this, courts might have to learn how to run the numbers themselves By EMILY BAZELONAUG. 29, 2017

What I Learned at Gerrymandering Summer Camp (Wired Magazine) SIE LAPOWSKY 08.27.17

Supercomputers vs. gerrymandering: Data could be the next key to creating fair state voting districts ANGELO YOUNG Salon APR 10, 2017