- No political influence on redistricting process. Plans are drawn by a non partisan staff submitted to legislature for an up or down vote
- Accountability – “Redistricting principles” guide process- political affiliation, previous election results, or the addresses of incumbents cannot be used.
- No gerrymandering – Redistricting plans are criteria-driven based on clear, measurable criteria including: population equality, contiguity, unity of counties and cities, compactness
- No delays– Redistricting is on a set schedule.
*The first plan is submitted to the Legislature by April 1st.
*Public hearings are held and then lawmakers have 3 days to bring the plan forward for a vote
*If lawmakers reject plan- staff has 35 days to bring forward a 2nd plan
- Public Input – After the first plan is submitted, a series of public hearings held in every region of the state with a report compiled and presented to the legislature
- Saves money – no legislative session has ever been lengthened, no primary election schedule delayed or lawsuit filed in Iowa due to a redistricting plan submitted by its non partisan legislative staff