End Gerrymandering: Don’t let partisan politicians silence voters
Redistricting should be about making sure everyone has a voice. But if we don't act quickly, it'll become just another shameful partisan tool to take over our democracy.
The 2022 midterms, which will have huge implications for our future, could end up being decided by which party does a better job gerrymandering maps this year. That’s why some politicians are setting their sights on redistricting processes in key swing states -- trying to slice and dice Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other communities of color so their party can seize more power in Congress.
But these dirty political tricks have real-life consequences. Unfair maps deny voters a meaningful say in our democracy -- and they keep communities from getting the representation and resources they deserve.
For context: every ten years, states redraw their congressional districts to reflect population changes captured by the U.S. Census. And historically, political insiders have tried to abuse the process to draw unfair maps that preserve their own power.
But now, the very same extremists behind the wave of anti-democracy disinformation and vote-suppressing state laws are taking map-rigging to a whole new level. Thanks to advancements in technology and voter data collection, they’ve been able to draw heinously biased maps that silence voters -- especially Black and Brown voters -- with surgical precision.
When politicians gerrymander maps and eliminate political competition -- we all lose. Our members of Congress don’t have to respond to the needs of constituents anymore, and eligible voters are stripped of their right to a meaningful voice in our elections.
Here’s what we can do about it: the Freedom to Vote Act includes proven solutions to end partisan gerrymandering once and for all. But Mitch McConnell -- who cares more about protecting his own power than holding free and fair elections -- is abusing the filibuster to block the bill.
If you agree that the Senate should do whatever it takes to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and end gerrymandering -- including abolishing the anti-democracy filibuster -- add your name today.
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Legislatures in key swing states are trying to enact dangerous, gerrymandered congressional maps -- silencing voters and giving themselves a heavy advantage going into the 2022 midterms.
This is NOT how our democracy is supposed to work. We demand that Congress put an end to gerrymandering by doing whatever it takes to pass the Freedom to Vote Act -- including abolishing the anti-democracy filibuster.