Create independent redistricting commissions to allow voters to choose their elected officials instead of politicians selecting their voters.
The problem: When politicians control the redistricting process, they manipulate districts to keep themselves and their party in power.
We must end gerrymandering, and enact Fair Maps so that all of our votes count.
In America, elections are supposed to represent the will of the people, not politicians. But partisan politicians manipulate voting maps to keep themselves and their party in power. We need to reform the rules and make the process of drawing districts impartial, so that our government is of, by, and for the people
Democracy requires empowering voters to hold their elected officials accountable on Election Day. We must end gerrymandering to create a democracy where everyone’s voice is heard.
Letting politicians manipulate voting maps is like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. Politicians in power shouldn’t be allowed to draw voting maps that benefit themselves.
We have a proven solution: independent, impartial, and nonpartisan citizen-led redistricting commissions. States like California and Arizona have shown that these types of commissions work and create a fair system so redistricting is designed to give our communities a voice and not to protect politicians from voters.
By taking the power to draw district maps away from gerrymandering politicians, and giving it to We The People, we can ensure that everyone is heard in our democracy, and that our process is fair and transparent.
Support 2020 Census funding sufficient to ensure a fair and accurate count for all communities, including in historically undercounted communities.
The problem: The 2020 Census is dangerously underfunded — which will lead to an inaccurate count, and unfairly skew representation & public resources away from many communities.
We conduct a Census every ten years to collect objective data about the American people and our communities. And if that count is inaccurate, it will turbocharge gerrymandering and make many of our district lines even more unfair than they already are.
But unless we take action, the 2020 Census will be woefully underfunded. The Trump Administration and its allies in Congress are deliberately neglecting the Census, potentially skewing it so traditionally undercounted communities go underrepresented. We can’t let that happen.
Getting the next Census’s count right is critical, as it will shape our nation’s democracy, public policy and economy moving forward. People of color, particularly Black and Latino communities in both urban and rural areas, are at an especially high risk of being undercounted by the Census.
And because we use census results to determine representation in Congress and funding for many purposes, a 2020 Census that systematically undercounts communities of color will deprive them of much-needed resources, weaken their political voice, and deny Americans the right to a democracy that truly represents all of us.
We rely on the U.S. Census so our government can fairly represent the American people — and so government agencies can base their decisions on data and facts. Congress must fully fund this critical project.
Prohibit the inclusion of questions on citizenship and legal/immigration status on the 2020 Census to ensure that all persons are counted, as required by the U.S. Constitution.
The problem: The Trump Administration plans to add an unnecessary, untested question on citizenship status to the 2020 Census — which experts say will discourage people from responding.
The Constitution requires that EVERYONE who lives here be counted — regardless of their citizenship status.
But Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has announced his plan to add an untested, last-minute question about citizenship status to the 2020 Census. Experts say this would discourage many legitimate responses and dramatically skew the final results — and with it, the resources and political power our communities can access.
An accurate Census is essential in the redrawing of our congressional and legislative districts and budgeting decisions that impact our schools, hospitals, roads, and veterans.
If the 2020 Census includes this politicized question on citizenship status, it’ll undercount communities of color and others who feel intimidated by President Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric — by discouraging them from participating at all. And since we use Census data to draw legislative districts, undercounting certain communities can amplify the harm of gerrymandering — keeping fair representation in government out of reach for too many of us.
We should call this what it is: a politically-motivated attempt to racially rig the Census.
We deserve a fair democracy that represents us all — so we NEED to stop the Census Bureau from adding a citizenship question by putting massive pressure on Congress, which has the power to act.