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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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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.

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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.

North Dakota

Process

North Dakota's state legislative lines are drawn by the Legislature by ordinary statute, and are subject to the Governor's veto. The Legislature can override vetoes with a two-thirds vote in each chamber. It has only one at-large congressional district.

In addition to the federal requirements of one person, one vote and the Voting Rights Act, North Dakota law requires that state legislative districts be compact, contiguous, preserve political subdivisions, and preserve the cores of prior districts.

Issues

North Dakota has a significant Native American population, raising concerns of fair representation under the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution.

The governorship is up for election in November 2020. A Republican win will lead to continued single-party control over redistricting. A Democratic win will lead to bipartisan control.

Half of North Dakota's House and Senate seats will be up for re-election in 2020.

North Dakota has a ballot initiative process, and a reform initiative was filed with the Secretary of State on March 6, 2020. The proposal has a number of electoral reforms, but specifically, it would move redistricting authority to the state Ethics Commission, which was created by ballot initiative in 2018. After successfully filing the required number of signatures, this initiative was challenged for failing to meet technical requirements. On August 25, 2020, the state Supreme Court removed the initiative from the ballot for this reason.

  • The newly-filed initiative would require the five-member Ethics Commission to unanimously approve state legislative districts as well as unanimously agree on an expert to assist in map-drawing. It would also require that the Commission's redistricting meetings be public and that the public is allowed to view, present testimony, and participate in all meetings. The Commission would be required hold at least eight public hearings across the state, including at least two in Native American reservations. Lastly, the Commission's materials would be considered public record.

  • In addition to taking redistricting authority away from the legislature and increasing public input and transparency, the initiative would change the districting standards as well. First, North Dakota's Senate districts would no longer act as multimember districts for their House elections. Instead, the Senate districts would be split into two House districts, each electing one representative. Second, the initiative creates a list of ranked criteria for line-drawing, including protections for minority communities and other communities of interest, prohibitions on partisanship, and a goal of politically competitive districts.

As with a number of areas in public life, this initiative has been affected by the current public health crisis. North Dakota Voters First and its supporters have sued the Secretary of State to change the petition signature gathering requirements. The court in that case, Sinner v. Jaeger, denied the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction. Even without judicial relief, however, North Dakota Voters First was able to submit 36,000 signatures to the Secretary of State, a full 10,000 more than was required.

Actions

In 2020, support the redistricting ballot initiative filed by North Dakota Voters First, which would place the Ethics Commission in charge of drawing new districts.

In 2021, stand up for your community of interest at public hearings.

  • Obtain North Dakota 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

State Boundaries: Drawn by legislature
Legislative Control: Republican
Governor's Political Party: Republican
Last Updated: Aug 27 2020