Redistricting

Redistricting

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CURRENT ISSUES 

Elections should be decided in the voting booths, not the map rooms.

In states where legislators draw their own district lines, parties and incumbents are able to draw district lines to their own advantage; this is called gerrymandering. We don't want that for South Carolina.                       

 Stop the Gerrymander                                                  

Gerrymandering adds to hyperpartisanship. It is often the most extreme voters who turn out for primaries, and when districts heavily favor one party, there is unlikely to be real competition in the general election. As a result, winners hold views more extreme than most of their constituents, increasing polarization in the government.

Gerrymandering discourages competition within districts. 95% of 2018 legislative races in SC were either uncontested or were won by more than a 10% margin of victory!

What Are the Solutions?

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 LWV South Carolina is a part of a nationwide, nonpartisan campaign for redistricting reform. Our ideal solution includes an independent redistricting commission to draw district lines in South Carolina instead of having legislators draw their own lines. We supported bills in the 2018-2020 legislative sessions that would have given developed this commission, but the bills did not receive hearings. 

However, there is still time to implement safeguards that will protect voters from the effects of gerrymandering for the next 10 years. 

In 2021, following the release of the Census results, legislators will redraw district lines. Criteria for the map-drawing process should exclude partisan and incumbent protection. The process of drawing district maps should be open and transparent, and include an avenue for meaningful public input! 

Join VOTERSRULE2020, our redistricting blog.

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SPEAKERS AND RESOURCES

Looking for a speaker to give a 15-45 minute presentation on redistricting and why it matters in SC? Let us help you find one of our local League members or partners located across the state. Email Us at copresident.lwvsc@gmail.com with your request, location, date, time, length of presentation preferred, and we will look for a match. 

To help explain the issues around redistricting The League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area has developed this informative slide presentation powered by Stacker.

To explain Gerrymandering the League of Women Voters of the Clemson Area has developed a slide program Gerrymandering in SC .

 National Articles worth considering:

Diluting the Vote: Redistricting Violations Threaten the US Election System By SHEELA NIMISHAKAVI | August 2, 2017

Non-Profit Quarterly Voting Rights and the Efficiency Gap Measure By ERIN RUBIN | August 16, 2017

The New Front in the Gerrymandering Wars: Democracy vs. Math Sophisticated computer modeling has taken district manipulation to new extremes. To fix this, courts might have to learn how to run the numbers themselves By EMILY BAZELONAUG. 29, 2017

What I Learned at Gerrymandering Summer Camp (Wired Magazine) SIE LAPOWSKY 08.27.17

Supercomputers vs. gerrymandering: Data could be the next key to creating fair state voting districts ANGELO YOUNG Salon APR 10, 2017 

STOP THE GERRYMANDER

 Stop the Gerrymander

Let your elected officials know that redistricting matters to you and you want your vote to matter. Get one of our Stop the Gerrymander bumper stickers today! $3 per sticker includes printing and paypal costs. 





 

POSITION 

LWVSC supports implementing the League’s one-person, one-vote position by the following: 

1. Drawing new district lines at all levels following the decennial census to reflect strict anti-gerrymandering standards, including:
   a. Prompt judicial review.
   b. Equality of population size among districts.
   c. District lines that minimize division of established election districts for precincts, cities, and counties.
   d. Compact and contiguous districts.
   e. Rejection of district lines drawn for the purpose of advantage or disadvantage to any political party, incumbent, or any other person or group.
   f. Rejection of lines that dilute the voting strength of any minority.
  g. Rejection of the use of addresses of incumbents, political affiliation of registered voters, previous election returns, or  demographic information other than population as criteria for redistricting and reapportionment.

2. Redrawing precinct lines to conform to South Carolina House and Senate district lines after each redistricting, with a state-mandated minimum and maximum number of voters per precinct.

3. Creating a nonpartisan and independent reapportionment commission to reapportion the South Carolina House, Senate, and Congressional districts. 

 

ARCHIVES 

Follow Representatives Clary, Elliott, and Cogswell's SC House Bill 3054, which would establish a SC Redistricting Commission, as it moves through the SC Legislature.

Filing date: Dec 18, 2018, Referred to: House Committee on the Judiciary 

LWV LOBBY DAY -- FEB. 12, 2020! This February, during the week of the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters, we're asking our members to convene at the SC State House to lobby for People Powered Fair Maps! One hundred years ago we fought for the right to vote; now it's time to make sure our votes matter by putting an end to partisan and incumbent gerrymandering.

            Preliminary Schedule
           10:00: Strategy Session at the SC Statehouse
           11:00: Proceed to the Statehouse Lobby to meet with House Representatives
           12:30: Centennial lunch (on your own; let's celebrate together in groups)
           2:00: Return to Statehouse to lobby Senators

Contact your local league for possible carpooling plans. 

WHY WE ARE DOING THIS:

  • South Carolinians deserve a choice in the voting booth; in the 2018 general elections, only 5 out of 124 legislative races had candidates that were within 10 percentage points of each other; more than half of the candidates were unopposed! This is partly because district lines have been gerrymandered to reduce competition, which leads to a polarized legislature that has less incentive to listen to constituents.
  • If anti-gerrymandering legislation doesn't pass this spring, legislators could once again draw their own district lines behind closed doors. Now is our chance to get a redistricting reform bill passed before maps are drawn that will be in place until 2031.

WHY YOU SHOULD COME:

  • There's strength in numbers, and we need all of you to come to Columbia on February 12 to show that South Carolinians do not approve of gerrymandering! This is not a partisan issue. Regardless of who is in charge, we want a level playing field;
  • Never visited your legislator in the Statehouse lobby before? That's OK! We'll have a training session before we move to the lobby so you know exactly what to do, and our volunteer lobbyist Lynn Teague will be with us to show us the ropes!

LWVSC is over 1,000 strong in South Carolina, and we need you to show up on February 12! We also need to know how many to plan for. So please RSVP NOW! 

  • If you can't join us, but want to help, please donate to our redistricting reform fund, which will help us educate voters and legislators on the need for fair maps. (Select the Donate button and then select pay with credit/debit card or use your PayPal account. For Credit/Debit card payment use the "Write a note" section near the top and add that this is for the redistricting campaign. For PayPal payment use the "Add a note" section and add that this is for the redistricting campaign.) 

SC Voter Articles about Redistricting by Lynn Teague and Holley Ulbrich.