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.
What’s going on in Tennessee
Tennessee'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 simple majority vote in each chamber.
In addition to the federal requirements of one person, one vote and the Voting Rights Act, Tennessee law requires that state legislative districts be contiguous and preserve political subdivisions. There are no state law requirements for drawing congressional districts.
Tennessee has significant minority populations who are at risk of being underrepresented following redistricting in 2021.
In 2020, the entire Tennessee House and half of the Tennessee Senate will be up for re-election
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 Tennessee 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 these maps to the Legislature as public comment.
If racial or partisan offenses are committed by the Legislature, federal and state lawsuits.