Call Recording - After the Supreme Court: What's Next for Fair Maps

August 13, 2018
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Gerrymandered district at the U.S. Supreme Court

On July 17, 2018, CLC hosted "After the Supreme Court: What's Next for Fair Maps," a conference call to discuss the next steps in the fight for #fairmaps. 

Featuring:

Ruth Greenwood, Senior Legal Counsel, Voting Rights & Redistricting, CLC

Annabelle Harless, Legal Counsel, Voting Rights & Redistricting, CLC

Josh Penry, Principal, EIS Solutions, Inc.

Katie Fahey, Executive Director, Voters Not Politicians

Benjamin Geffen, Staff Attorney, The Public Interest Law Center

Moderated by: Sandhya Bathija, Chief Communications Officer, CLC

 

The Supreme Court issued a decision in CLC's groundbreaking case on partisan gerrymandering, Gill v. Whitford, sending the case back to the lower court for further consideration. As we continue to litigate this case, states across the country are taking the fight for fair maps into their own hands. Advocates are pushing for the creation of independent redistricting commissions, and new litigation tackling unconstitutional gerrymanders in state courts is taking hold. Citizens are mobilized and energized, and they are saying that democracy is where voters, not lawmakers, choose their elected officials.

During the call experts on redistricting, who have worked on both federal and state litigation, as well as advocated for redistricting commissions in their own states shared their experiences and recommendations.

CLC also released two reports: one for state advocates on how to design an effective independent redistricting commission and another that focuses on challenging gerrymanders in state courts as another litigation avenue

Listen to the call:

Designing Independent Redistricting Commissions
Activists protest gerrymandering at the Supreme Court

Though redistricting has always been a problem in American politics, the outsized role of partisanship in the redistricting process has received unprecedented attention across the nation since 2010. This guide is intended to arm legislators, good government advocates, and activists with the knowledge needed to design an independent redistricting commission for state legislative or congressional districts.

Litigating Partisan Gerrymandering Claims Under State Constitutions
A pile of U.S. state maps

This CLC report lays out state constitutional provisions that address redistricting and includes analysis about political and geographic boundaries, and examples of legal solutions to preserve communities of interest.