Making Democracy Work

Redistricting Reform

It happens quietly at the beginning of each decade, in back rooms and behind closed doors. In this explainer, the League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area lays out what's wrong with our current redistricting process.

Redistricting Explainer

Take Action

We are asking that the Legislature include redistricting reform on their agenda this year. Although bipartisan legislation to end gerrymandering was introduced in 2017, it did not make it to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote.

We are hoping that will change this year. The new legislative session, starting in January 2019, will mark the last chance legislators have to end this unfair practice before the 2020 census. Wondering why the census date matters? Watch our Redistricting Explainer above!

What can you do?
1. Call your legislator and say you want redistricting reform. Tell them you want:
- An independent redistricting commission
- Criteria that doesn't protect parties or incumbents
- A subcommittee hearing as soon as possible to move H.4456 forward! An in-person visit or phone call is more effective than an email.
2. Help inform the community about this important but complicated issue. Members from the LWV are happy to attend community meetings and talk about gerrymandering and redistricting reform. Contact Shayna Howell to set up a speaker. And share our Redistricting Explainer with your networks and on social media!