The League of Women Voters is pleased to release Shining a Light: Redistricting Lessons Learned in 2011. This comprehensive whitepaper highlights the groundbreaking efforts of Leagues and other advocates to promote a more fair and transparent redistricting process and also sheds light on key reform opportunities for improving the process over the next decade. The report also includes helpful practices for all advocates to consider as they work to influence redistricting at the local level.
The League of Women Voters of the United States joined the League of Women Voters of Texas in urging Attorney General Eric Holder to reject the congressional redistricting plan submitted by the state of Texas on the grounds that it would disenfranchise minority voters and is in clear violation of the landmark Voting Rights Act.
The League and the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) recently released the final report and summary of the 2009 conference "Developing an Action Agenda for Redistricting in 2011." With support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Joyce Foundation and the Ford Foundation, the League and CLC brought together redistricting activists and experts to determine how to influence the results of the upcoming redistricting processes in states following the 2010 Census.
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:
In an amicus curiae brief, the League asked the Supreme Court to protect fair voting districts by holding that the Voting Rights Act does not require a minority community's size to meet a rigid numerical quota.
This follows successful League action last year to ask the Court to take up this important redistricting case.