as formulated at Pocantico Redistricting Conference July 2009
The statement below was agreed upon by attendees of the Pocantico Redistricting Conference on July 22-24, 2009. Additional organizations and individuals have signed on as well. All signatories are listed below. The essential principles are:
- An accurate and complete count in Census 2010 is an essential building block for all redistricting efforts.
- The process used for redistricting must be transparent to the public.
- The redistricting process, at all levels of government, must provide data, tools and opportunities for the public to have direct input into the specific plans under consideration by the redistricting body.
- In order to achieve representative democracy, redistricting plans must be drawn in a manner that allows elected bodies to reflect the diversity of the populace, especially racial and ethnic diversity.
Organizations (in alphabetical order)
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law
J. Gerald Hebert
Campaign Legal Center
Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice
Citizen Advocacy Center
Illinois Campaign for Political Reform
Mary G. Wilson
League of Women Voters of the United States
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Michigan Campaign Finance Network
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials
Ohio Citizen Action
Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Individuals (in alphabetical order)
The intent of these individuals is only to speak for themselves and not for their institution.
Co-Director, Political Participation Group
Edward B. Foley
Professor of Law
Ohio State University
J. Skelly Write Professor of Law
Yale Law School
Michael P. McDonald
George Mason University