Draw the Line Midwest
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The campaign is a coordinated effort to depoliticize the redistricting process by pushing for transparency, public participation, and protection of minority rights. They will be proposing alternatives to legislative plans and setting up District Builder, free open-based software that will allow anyone to draw the maps. The site is expected to be up in all states by April.
The mission of the Draw the Line Midwest campaign is "to transform the way electoral district lines are drawn—to make the redistricting process more transparent and open to the public, while ensuring compliance with the Voting Rights Act."
Draw the Line Illinois is led by the Illinois Campaign for Accountable Redistricting.
- Asian American Institute
- CHANGE ILLINOIS!
- Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice
- Citizen Advocacy Center
- Illinois Campaign for Political Reform
- Illinois PIRG
- League of Women Voters of Illinois
- MALDEF – Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Draw the Line Indiana is led by Common Cause/Indiana and the League of Women Voters. They have set up the Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission, an 11 member group representing a broad spectrum of voters. The group aims to engage the public in the redistricting process, which includes holding public meetings. They will then create new maps and submit them to the General Assembly.
- Common Cause/Indiana
- League of Women Voters of Indiana
- AARP Indiana
- Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW
Draw the Line Michigan is run by the Michigan Redistricting Collaborative, made up of a diverse range of non-profit groups. They aim to involve the public in the redistricting process, as well as pushing for a more transparent and open process.
Draw the Line Minnesota is run by the Minnesota Democracy Network. Their campaign is based on the following 5 principles:
- The redistricting process should be independent and nonpartisan, to minimize the influence of elected officials and political parties in creating districts to their own political advantage.
- The redistricting process should be transparent to the public.
- The redistricting body should provide data, tools, and opportunities for the public to have direct input into the specific plans under consideration.
- The redistricting process must be reflective of the diversity of the state, especially racial and ethnic diversity.
- Redistricting plan should preserve communities of interest wherever possible, where communities of interest are groups of people concentrated in a geographic area that share similar interests and priorities – whether social, cultural, ethnic, racial, economic, or religious.
- Common Cause Minnesota
- League of Women Voters Minnesota
- Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
- TakeAction Minnesota
Draw the Line Ohio is run by the League of Women Voters of Ohio and Ohio Citizen Action. They collaborated on the 2009 Ohio Redistricting Competition to effectively show that the public is capable of drawing fair districts. They will hold a competition in 2011 using the 2010 census data to engage and inform the public.
- League of Women Voters of Ohio
- Ohio Citizen Action Money in Politics Project
- Common Cause Ohio
- Ohio Votes
Draw the Line Wisconsin is being led by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and Wisconsin Voices. The list three goals and priorities:
- Empower citizens to be more engaged in the redistricting process in Wisconsin than ever before
- Equip citizens with the skills and tools needed to critique the maps drawn by elected officials and offer alternatives to what the politicians come up with.
- Raise awareness of the need for reform of the redistricting process and build support for needed changes.
- Common Cause in Wisconsin
- League of Women Voters of Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
- Wisconsin Voices
- Redistricting in Illinois
- Redistricting in Indiana
- Redistricting in Michigan
- Redistricting in Minnesota
- Redistricting in Ohio
- Redistricting in Wisconsin
- Draw the Line Midwest
- Midwest Democracy Network
- Midwest Democracy Network on Facebook
- Midwest Democracy Network on Twitter
- Midwest Democracy Network on YouTube
- Brennan Center for Justice
- Public Mapping Project
- PR Newswire, "Midwest States Launch Campaign to Pull Back Curtain on 2011 Redistricting," March 15, 2011
- Draw the Line Midwest, "About the Indiana Campaign," accessed March 23, 2011
- Draw the Line Midwest, "About the Michigan Campaign," accessed March 23, 2011
- Draw the Line Midwest, "About the Minnesota Campaign," accessed March 23, 2011
- Draw the Line Midwest, "About the Ohio Campaign," accessed March 23, 2011
- Draw the Line Midwest, "About the Wisconsin Campaign," accessed March 23, 2011