Trustee Election
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  • CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
  • TERM LIMITS
  • REDISTRICTING
Winning Issue » REDISTRICTING


Redistricting is the process of redrawing electoral district boundaries to reflect population changes identified every 10 years by our census. Gerrymandering is the practice of drawing these district lines to achieve political gain for legislators. It involves the deliberate manipulation of political boundaries for electoral advantage, usually to benefit incumbents or a political party. Partisan state legislatures and improved software now design contiguous districts which pack opponents into as few districts as possible, leaving district maps that are skewed towards one party. Critics claim gerrymandering is responsible for the current gridlock in Congress because a small number of voters have elected a large number of representatives. In our last presidential election, gerrymandering was cited as the reason one party was awarded more Congressional seats while receiving fewer votes. They say our Congress “does not look like our nation” because congressional districts have been so drastically altered. Each state uses its own standards for creating Congressional and legislative districts. In the states where the legislature is in charge of redistricting, the potential for gerrymandering often makes this process very contentious. Redistricting is often contested in court by the losers of the new plan. A small number of states carry out congressional redistricting by an independent or bipartisan commission, with some of these plans requiring the approval of the legislature.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.210 - John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act




Options


  • I oppose reforming current redistricting policy and wish to defeat H.R.210 - John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support requiring state redistricting to be conducted through a plan developed by the independent redistricting commission established in the state, or if such plan is not enacted into law, the redistricting plan selected by the state's highest court or developed by a U.S. district court; prohibiting a state that has been redistricted after an apportionment from being redistricted again until after the next apportionment of Representatives, and wish to pass H.R.210 - John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Robert Goodlatte (VA) and/or Rep. Steve Cohen (TN), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support requiring state redistricting to be conducted through a plan developed by the independent redistricting commission established in the state, or if such plan is not enacted into law, the redistricting plan selected by the state's highest court or developed by a U.S. district court; prohibiting a state that has been redistricted after an apportionment from being redistricted again until after the next apportionment of Representatives, and wish to pass H.R.210 - John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Robert Goodlatte (VA) and/or Rep. Steve Cohen (TN), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Robert Goodlatte (VA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing H.R.210 - John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act. If more than $1,000 has been pledged, the campaign committee of sponsor Rep. Steve Cohen (TN) will be unconditionally awarded 10% of these funds.

Legislation: H.R.210 - John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act
Sponsor: Rep. Steve Cohen, TN
Status: House Judiciary Committee
Chairman: Rep. Robert Goodlatte, VA

If elected as a trustee, Public Citizen will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for bipartisan state commissions to conduct the redistricting process.

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Trustee Election - Opening Date
April 9, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
April 15, 2020