Whenever they can, parties influence the drawing of congressional and legislative district lines in a way that optimizes the party’s chances of winning and holding a majority of the seats representing those districts. But the people are beginning to reclaim citizen control of the redistricting process.
In America, elections are supposed to reflect the will of the people, not politicians. Common Cause promotes a process for drawing district boundaries that puts our communities, and not the needs of politicians, first.
Redistricting can determine which lawmakers represent constituents’ interests and whose voices are heard. The Brennan Center is working to end gerrymandering and make the process independent, inclusive, and transparent.
FairVote is a nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms. Its work on redistricting is based on the premise that the current process is used as a means to further political goals by drawing boundaries to protect incumbents and reduce competition, rather than to ensure equal voting power and fair representation.