Redistricting Conference for Fair Districts Brings Together Top National Experts & Reform Advocates at Duke University
On March 2-3, many of the nation's leading redistricting experts and reform advocates will gather at Duke University for a conference highlighting efforts around the country to end the undemocratic practice of drawing legislative districts for poltical advantage.
Redistricting Reform: Mapping Our Future is co-hosted by Common Cause, the Campaign Legal Center, and Duke University’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service (POLIS). The conference will be livestreamed.
Panel discussions will feature prominent redistricting litigators and leaders of national and state advocacy campaigns to reform our broken redistricting system. Panelists will share and compare strategies that have brought about significant redistricting reforms across the nation.
Ahead of their publication in Election Law Journal, winners of Common Cause’s “Gerrymander Standard” writing competition will discuss their innovative ideas to create a judicial standard for measuring political gerrymanders.
What: “Redistricting Reform: Mapping Our Future” Conference
Who: Leading Redistricting Experts and Reform Advocates
When: Thursday, March 2, 2017 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday, March 3, 2017 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Where: Duke University
201 Science Dr.
Durham, NC 27708
For live stream, click here.
For a full agenda and complete list of participants, click here.
Hashtag for the conference: #fairmaps
Questions? Contact Bob Phillips of Common Cause North Carolina,
(919) 605-3835 or firstname.lastname@example.org
by Catherine Turcer, Common Cause Ohio
Redistricting happens following the census and is based on changes in population so it’s
hard to know exactly how a fairer congressional map might look but we have some clues.
Following the 2010 census, redistricting reform advocates joined forces to create the
Ohio Campaign for Accountable Redistricting. The goals of the Campaign were simple:
1. Increase transparency during the 2011 Ohio redistricting or mapmaking process and
2. Give citizens the opportunity to draw state legislative and congressional districts
Together, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, Common Cause Ohio, Ohio Citizen
Action and other partners held a real-time competition using census data and partisan
information created by Cleveland State University Prof. Mark Salling. This competition
gave citizens the opportunity to draw state legislative and congressional districts.
Criteria for the 2011 Ohio Redistricting Competition
respect the Voting Rights Act.
This congressional map was created by