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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.

New Jersey

Process

New Jersey's state legislative and congressional districts are drawn by two different partisan commissions comprised of politicians. Each commission has equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans, with a tie-breaking chair selected by the other commissioners.

In addition to the federal requirements of one person, one vote and the Voting Rights Act, New Jersey law requires that state legislative districts be compact, contiguous, and preserve political subdivisions. There are no state law requirements for drawing congressional districts.

In January 2020, Gov. Murphy signed the Voter Precinct Transparency Act into law, which will require the publication of precinct shapefiles on the NJ Div. of Elections website and election results on individual county clerks' websites.

Issues

New Jersey uses politician-appointed bipartisan commissions to draw both congressional and legislative districts.

In 2018, a proposed constitutional amendment was stopped by a combination of citizen-activists and analysts on the grounds that it would not stop gerrymandering and was intended to entrench the majority party (Democrats).

In 2020, a flawed constitutional amendment (ACR188) has been filed to respond to the delays in the federal census, caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This amendment has a few issues: (1) its trigger date of February 15 for receiving Census data is too early; (2) it permanently applies to future cycles in response to a once-in-a-lifetime delay; and (3) it will delay districts that reflect growing communities of color. For more information on these points, see our email newsletter about ACR188. A public hearing of the Assembly Judiciary Committee has been scheduled for July 20, and the bill must pass both chambers by August 3 with three-fifth majorities. After that, the proposal would go before the voters in November 2020.

Actions

Defend the existing system while advocating for further reforms.

  • Advocate for a genuinely fair constitutional amendment that creates an independent redistricting commission.

In 2021, use public input to persuade the Commissions to draw fair districts.

  • Obtain New Jersey 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 partisan commission
State Boundaries: Drawn by partisan commission
Legislative Control: Democratic
Governor's Political Party: Democratic
Last Updated: Jul 16 2020