The League of Women Voters supports policies that ensure fair and open elections through redistricting, encouraging voter registration and access to voting, and the use of voting equipment that makes it easier to validate the results of elections. To that end, the Greenville League supports: REDISTRICTING, Continued support for the League's one-person, one-vote position.
What we're doing:
We promote transparent and accountable redistricting processes and to end hyper-partisan practices that don't benefit constituents. We believe responsibility for fair redistricting should be vested in an independent special commission, with membership that reflects the diversity of the unit of government. The League works in states across the country to pass ballot initiatives to institute independent redistricting commissions.
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,c. A provision that any redistricting plan should be adopted by the redistricting authority with more than a simple majority vote;
ii. Should be subject to open meeting laws;
i. Time limits should be set for initiating court action for review,3. The standards on which a redistricting plan is based, and on which any plan should be judged, must:
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.
i. Substantially equal population,c. Provide for (to the extent possible):
ii. Geographic contiguity, and
iii. Effective representation of racial and linguistic minorities.
i.Promotion of partisan fairness,d. Compactness and competitiveness may also be considered as criteria so long as they do not conflict with the above criteria
ii.Preservation and protection of "communities of interest,"
iii.Respect for boundaries of municipalities and counties.
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.