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.

Over the next three months, we will be working with Voters Not Politicians in Michigan and other partners 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
Nebraska

Process

Nebraska has a one-chamber Legislature that is nominally nonpartisan, but is in fact Republican. Its state legislative and congressional districts are drawn by the Legislature by ordinary statute, and are subject to the Governor's veto. The Legislature can override vetoes with a three-fifths vote in each chamber.

In addition to the federal requirements of one person, one vote and the Voting Rights Act, Nebraska law requires that state legislative and congressional districts be compact, contiguous, preserve political subdivisions, and preserve the cores of prior districts. There are separate prohibitions for state legislative and congressional districts. State law prohibits state legislative districts from being drawn with the aid of partisan data, or to intentionally favor a party, group, or person. Meanwhile, state law prohibits congressional districts from being drawn with the aid of partisan data or to protect incumbents.

Issues

Nebraska has a ballot initiative process, and in March 2020, a ballot initiative was filed to create an independent citizens redistricting commission. As is normal with Nebraska ballot initiatives, this proposal will go through a governmental drafting process for the next few weeks. Once the finalized text is released, it will be added to this page.

Two redistricting bills were introduced in February 2019 and were placed on hold, awaiting a legislative study of redistricting reform. These bills, or some type of reform bill, will likely be introduced in the 2020 session.

Actions

Support the ballot initiative to establish an independent redistricting commission.

  • The initiative was filed in March 2020 by Nebraskans for Independent Redistricting.

  • In order to be on the ballot in November, the initiative needs almost 121,000 petition signatures by July 2, 2020.

In 2021, use public comment to identify communities of interest.

  • Obtain Nebraska 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.

Contacts

Princeton Gerrymandering Project Data provided by the Princeton Gerrymandering Project

State Info

Congressional Boundaries: Drawn by legislature
State Boundaries: Drawn by legislature
Legislative Control: Republican
Governor's Political Party: Republican
Last Updated: Mar 12 2020