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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.

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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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South Carolina

Process

South Carolina's 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 two-thirds vote in each chamber.

In addition to the federal requirements of one person, one vote and the Voting Rights Act, South Carolina law requires that state legislative and congressional districts be compact, contiguous, preserve political subdivisions, preserve communities of interest, preserve the cores of prior districts, and avoid pairing incumbents.

Issues

The Voting Rights Act and the Constitution currently guarantee that minority populations should have fair opportunities to elect representatives. But when blacks are packed to be 50% or more of the voting-eligible population of a district, they may miss opportunities in neighboring districts. Fair districting therefore requires careful attention to how the lines are drawn.

The entire South Carolina Legislature will be up for re-election in 2020.

Actions

In 2020, support legislative candidates who will advocate for fair districting.

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

  • Obtain South Carolina 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.

If racial or partisan offenses are committed by the Legislature, federal and state lawsuits.

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: Oct 31 2019