Redistricting Reform Tracker (January 2017)
With the start of new legislative sessions around the country, nearly 40 bills addressing redistricting procedures already have been introduced in state legislatures from New Hampshire to Texas that would change – and in some cases significantly overhaul – how redistricting is done after the 2020 Census, now just three years away.
The tracker map below shows states where lawmakers are currently considering various redistricting reforms. Highlights include:
- Bills in 7 states that would adopt some form of a commission (advisory, backup, or independent) to draw congressional and/or legislative districts;
- Bills in three states that would explicitly prohibit districts lines from being drawn with the intent to favor or disfavor a political party or incumbent;
- Bills in three states that would ban the use of political data to draw districts.
- Bills in 7 states that would create or clarify the standards to be applied to the redistricting process, such as preserving communities of interest, maintaining continuity and compactness;
- Bills in 7 states that establish requirements for public engagement in the redistricting process;
For a list of the pending bills as of January 25 and links to proposed text, click on a shaded state on the map below. This likely isn't the end of reform proposals. As legislative sessions proceed, we'll be updating the map regularly to include any new bills.