Our Proposed Nonpartisan Redistricting Model
How it works
- Non partisan staff draws maps
- Plan submitted to legislature by April 1st
- Public hearings conducted by citizen’s advisory commission
- Legislature votes plan up or down within 14 days
- Staff works on plan in private. No partisan influence allowed.
- Staff plan focuses on principles over politics
- Staff plan adheres to all requirements of the Voting Rights Act
- Districts cannot be drawn to dilute or augment the voting strength
- Districts cannot be drawn to favor an incumbent or political party
- Staff Plan reflects whole county rule and districts that are compact and contiguous
- Plan can be amended only on technical grounds
- if the legislature rejects the maps, it must offer a reason for its “no” vote within 7 days
- Staff has 35 days to submit a second plan based on those reasons
- Legislature must vote second plan up or down within 7 days and again offer an explanation for a “no” vote
- Staff will provide a third plan in 35 days if second plan is rejected
- Legislature must have an up or down vote on the Third Plan within 7 days
- If the Third plan fails, the legislature has authority to draw maps.
- Temporary Citizens Redistricting Advisory Commission, which holds public hearings after the first plan is drafted
- The Commission provides staff with technical advice and feedback if needed.
- Staff has no contact with legislature