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SLAY THE DRAGON follows everyday people, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person’s vote should count equally. This election year, we’re joining together with grassroots partners to put an end to gerrymandering. Because this issue impacts each state differently, we’ve created a map to help you navigate how gerrymandering affects your state and community. SLAY THE DRAGON arrives on demand April 3.

 

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Click on your state in the map above to find out what’s going on and how you can help.

We are partnering with organizations in Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin to support the creation of non-partisan redistricting commissions to protect votes across the country.

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Click on your state in the map above to find out what’s going on and how you can help.

We are partnering with organizations in Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin to support the creation of non-partisan redistricting commissions to protect votes across the country.

Slay the Dragon Logo

SLAY THE DRAGON follows everyday people, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person’s vote should count equally. This election year, we’re joining together with grassroots partners to put an end to gerrymandering. Because this issue impacts each state differently, we’ve created a map to help you navigate how gerrymandering affects your state and community. SLAY THE DRAGON arrives on demand April 3.

 

GET CAUGHT UP

Click on your state in the map above to find out what’s going on and how you can help.

We are partnering with organizations in Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin to support the creation of non-partisan redistricting commissions to protect votes across the country.

us map

Click on your state in the map above to find out what’s going on and how you can help.

We are partnering with organizations in Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin to support the creation of non-partisan redistricting commissions to protect votes across the country.

California

Process

California's state legislative and congressional maps are drawn by an Independent Commission of citizens, selected through a rigorous process to reduce partisan influences. The application process for this Commission ended in late 2019. The State Auditor's Applicant Review Panel (ARP) will begin scheduling and conducting interviews of the 120 most qualified applicants between February and April 2020. In mid-April through May, the ARP will choose 60 applicants and send them to the Legislature. By the end of June, the Legislature gets to use 24 "strikes" to remove certain applicants. By July 5, 2020, the Auditor will randomly select the first eight commissioners from the final list of 36, and these eight will then select the remaining six. A final plan must be drafted by September 15, 2021.

In addition to the federal requirements of one person, one vote and the Voting Rights Act, California law requires that state legislative and congressional districts be compact, contiguous, preserve political subdivisions, and preserve communities of interest. Consideration of partisan data is prohibited except where required by federal law, as is favoring or disfavoring an incumbent, candidate for office, or political party.

Throughout the process, the Commission must receive broad public input, both before and after drafting district maps. Such draft maps must be released by July 1, 2021 and available for 14 days. Another draft map may not be released within this period. In 2011, public hearings occurred across the state between April 9 and July 29.

Issues

Potential underrepresentation of communities of interest.

Based upon a recent estimate of congressional seat changes following the 2020 census, California is estimated to lose one congressional seat.

As a result of the proposed delay in Census redistricting data, the California legislature has petitioned the state Supreme Court to push back the state's constitutional and statutory redistricting deadlines. The Secretary of State Alex Padilla as the Defendant in the case does not oppose the delay. Common Cause, the League of Women Voters California, and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger submitted a joint amicus curiae letter.

Actions

Participate in the Commission's public comment process.

  • Obtain California redistricting data from OpenPrecincts.

  • Use software tools such as Dave's Redistricting App and Districtr to draw district maps showing either (a) what a fair map would look like, or (b) where the community you believe should be better represented is located.

  • Submit these maps to the Commission as a public comment.

Contacts

Princeton Gerrymandering Project Data provided by the Princeton Gerrymandering Project

State Info

Congressional Boundaries: Drawn by independent redistricting commission
State Boundaries: Drawn by independent redistricting commission
Legislative Control: Democratic
Governor's Political Party: Democratic
Last Updated: Jun 18 2020