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Redistricting

Stop the Gerrymander! LWVSC's redistricting effort seeks a bipartisan Redistricting Commission and lines which do not protect incumbents or political parties. Go to our Redistricting page to learn more, sign up for our blog, find a speaker, and get one of our Stop the Gerrymander bumper stickers.

Redistricting

1. Responsibility for redistricting preferably should be vested in an independent special commission, with membership that reflects the diversity of the unit of government, including citizens at large, representatives of public interest groups, and members of minority groups.

2. Every redistricting process should include:
a. Specific timelines for the steps leading to a redistricting plan;
b. Full disclosure throughout the process and public hearings on the plan proposed for adoption;

i. Redistricting at all levels of government must be accomplished in an open, unbiased manner with citizen participation and access at all levels and steps of the process;
ii. Should be subject to open meeting laws;

c. A provision that any redistricting plan should be adopted by the redistricting authority with more than a simple majority vote;
d. Remedial provisions established in the event that the redistricting authority fails to enact a plan. Specific provisions should be made for court review of redistricting measures and for courts to require the redistricting authority to act on a specific schedule;
i. Time limits should be set for initiating court action for review,
ii. The courts should promptly review and rule on any challenge to a redistricting plan and require adjustments if the standards have not been met.

3. The standards on which a redistricting plan is based, and on which any plan should be judged, must:
a. Be enforceable in court;
b. Require:

i. Substantially equal population,
ii. Geographic contiguity, and
iii. Effective representation of racial and linguistic minorities.

c. Provide for (to the extent possible):
i. Promotion of partisan fairness,
ii. Preservation and protection of "communities of interest," and
iii. Respect for boundaries of municipalities and counties.

d. Compactness and competitiveness may also be considered as criteria so long as they do not conflict with the above criteria
e. Explicitly reject:
i. Protection of incumbents, through such devices as considering an incumbent's address; and
ii. Preferential treatment for a political party, through such devices as considering party affiliation, voting history and candidate residence.
(LWV Impact on Issues 2018-2020)

LWV LOBBY DAY -- FEB. 12! This February, during the week of the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters, we're asking our members to convene at the SC State House to lobby for People Powered Fair Maps! One hundred years ago we fought for the right to vote; now it's time to make sure our votes matter by putting an end to partisan and incumbent gerrymandering.

Preliminary Schedule
10:00: Strategy Session at the SC Statehouse
11:00: Proceed to the Statehouse Lobby to meet with House Representatives
12:30: Centennial lunch (on your own; let's celebrate together in groups)
2:00: Return to Statehouse to lobby Senators

Contact your local league for possible carpooling plans.

WHY WE ARE DOING THIS:

  • South Carolinians deserve a choice in the voting booth; in the 2018 general elections, only 5 out of 124 legislative races had candidates that were within 10 percentage points of each other; more than half of the candidates were unopposed! This is partly because district lines have been gerrymandered to reduce competition, which leads to a polarized legislature that has less incentive to listen to constituents.

  • If anti-gerrymandering legislation doesn't pass this spring, legislators could once again draw their own district lines behind closed doors. Now is our chance to get a redistricting reform bill passed before maps are drawn that will be in place until 2031.

WHY YOU SHOULD COME:
  • There's strength in numbers, and we need all of you to come to Columbia on February 12 to show that South Carolinians do not approve of gerrymandering! This is not a partisan issue. Regardless of who is in charge, we want a level playing field;

  • Never visited your legislator in the Statehouse lobby before? That's OK! We'll have a training session before we move to the lobby so you know exactly what to do, and our volunteer lobbyist Lynn Teague will be with us to show us the ropes!

LWVSC is over 1,000 strong in South Carolina, and we need you to show up on February 12! We also need to know how many to plan for. So please RSVP NOW!

  • If you can't join us, but want to help, please donate to our redistricting reform fund, which will help us educate voters and legislators on the need for fair maps. (Select the Donate button and then select pay with credit/debit card or use your PayPal account. For Credit/Debit card payment use the "Write a note" section near the top and add that this is for the redistricting campaign. For PayPal payment use the "Add a note" section and add that this is for the redistricting campaign.)





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To help explain the issues around redistricting The League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area has developed this informative slide presentation powered by Stacker.

To explain Gerrymandering the League of Women Voters of the Clemson Area has developed a slide program Gerrymandering in SC .

SC Voter Articles about Redistricting by Lynn Teague and Holley Ulbrich.

National Articles worth considering:

Diluting the Vote: Redistricting Violations Threaten the US Election System By SHEELA NIMISHAKAVI | August 2, 2017

Non-Profit Quarterly Voting Rights and the Efficiency Gap Measure By ERIN RUBIN | August 16, 2017

The New Front in the Gerrymandering Wars: Democracy vs. Math Sophisticated computer modeling has taken district manipulation to new extremes. To fix this, courts might have to learn how to run the numbers themselves By EMILY BAZELONAUG. 29, 2017

What I Learned at Gerrymandering Summer Camp (Wired Magazine) SIE LAPOWSKY 08.27.17

Supercomputers vs. gerrymandering: Data could be the next key to creating fair state voting districts ANGELO YOUNG Salon APR 10, 2017

Speakers Available!

Looking for a speaker to give a 15-45 minute presentation on redistricting and why it matters in SC? Let us help you find one of our local League members or partners located across the state. Email Us at league@lwvsc.org with your request, location, date, time, length of presentation preferred and we will look for a match.

Follow SC House Bill H3054 establishing an SC Redistricting Commission

Follow Representatives Clary, Elliott, and Cogswell's SC House Bill 3054 as it moves through the SC Legislature.

Filing date: Dec 18, 2018 Referred to: House Committee on the Judiciary

Stop the Gerrymander

Let your elected officials know that redistricting matters to you and you want your vote to matter. Get one of our Stop the Gerrymander bumper stickers today! $3 per sticker includes printing and paypal costs.