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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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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.

 

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Rhode Island

Process

Rhode Island's state legislative and congressional lines are drawn by the state 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 2011, Rhode Island established an advisory commission that makes recommendations to the Legislature, which it can accept, modify, or reject entirely.

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

Issues

The success of this Commission will depend on public input.

The entire Rhode Island Legislature will be up for re-election in 2020.

A new pair of bills was recently introduced in the Rhode Island legislature. These bills (H7260/S2077) seek to amend the state's constitution by adding a fifteen-member independent citizens' redistricting commission. The bills also include redistricting criteria, public hearing, and transparency requirements. Under the Rhode Island Constitution, these bills need a simple majority in the current session to pass. After that, they will be on the ballot in November. If a majority of voters approve, Rhode Island will have an independent redistricting commission in 2021.

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

Actions

Defend the advisory system while advocating for further reforms like H7260/S2077.

  • Stand up for your community of interest at public hearings.

  • Write to your local news organization in support of the advisory commission. Make noise!

In 2020, support legislative candidates who will protect the current system while pushing for further reform.

In 2021, use public input to push the Legislature towards drawing fair districts and to identify communities of interest.

  • Obtain Rhode Island 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 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 legislature
State Boundaries: Drawn by legislature
Legislative Control: Democratic
Governor's Political Party: Democratic
Last Updated: Feb 07 2020