Support a state redistricting process and standards that promote fair and effective representation in the state legislature and in the U.S. House of Representatives with maximum opportunity for public scrutiny.
Support of an independent, non-partisan commission with broad-based community, civic, and minority representation as the preferred redistricting body.
- Ensure that R.I. puts the power of drawing districts in the hands of ordinary Rhode Islanders and not legislators. Sign a petition and show your support for proposed amendments to the R.I. Constitution to create an independent redistricting commission at Redraw RI.
- Read the House or Senate bills that would pave the way for an independent redistricting commission in Rhode Island.
Congressional districts and government legislative bodies should be apportioned substantially on population. We oppose partisan and racial gerrymandering that strips rights away from voters. Political and racial gerrymandering distorts and undermines representative democracy by allowing officials to select their voters rather than voters to elect their officials. When done for purposes of racial discrimination or to ensure the dominance of one political party, gerrymandering runs counter to equal voting rights for all eligible voters.
Kick-off Event Feb. 5, 2020
Nearly 75 people attended the Redraw RI kick-off event for a state constitutional amendment (S 2077 and H 7260) to create an independent redistricting commission. The hope is to draw fair legislative districts with data from the 2020 Census.
The kick-off event sponsored by Common Cause was held in the library at the State House and featured the sponsors of both bills as well as RI's Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea and Treasurer Seth Magaziner.
Jane Koster, president of the League of Women Voters of RI, said in her speech during the press conference, "As part of our People Powered Fair Maps initiative, the League of Women Voters is dedicated to the idea of an independent redistricting commission for Rhode Island. We have spent decades watchdogging the current process and believe now is the time for change."
The event also rolled out the new Redraw RI website, an interactive site that explores why the Ocean State needs an independent redistricting commission and gives a timeline for what needs to happen.