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Draw the Line Midwest

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Draw the Line Midwest
Party:Nonpartisan
Website:Draw the Line Midwest
Draw the Line Midwest is a campaign for redistricting reform led by the Midwest Democracy Network. It was announced on March 15, 2011 and consists of 25 reform organizations from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, with technical support from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law and the Public Mapping Project. They are funded by The Joyce Foundation.

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.[1]

Mission

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."[1]

State campaigns

Illinois

Draw the Line Illinois is led by the Illinois Campaign for Accountable Redistricting.

State partners

  • 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

Indiana

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.[2]

State partners

  • Common Cause/Indiana
  • League of Women Voters of Indiana
  • AARP Indiana
  • Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW

Michigan

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.[3]

State partners

  • AARP Michigan
  • ACLU of Michigan
  • APIA Vote-Michigan
  • Blue Water Developmental Housing
  • Brain Injury Association of Michigan
  • CEDAM
  • The Center for Michigan
  • Clean Water Action
  • Common Cause Michigan
  • Data Driven Detroit
  • FILVOTE
  • Jackson County Chamber of Commerce
  • Joint Cities Development
  • LA SED (Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development)
  • League of Women Voters of Michigan
  • Michigan Association of United Ways
  • Michigan Campaign Finance Network
  • Michigan Campus Compact
  • Michigan Center for Election Law and Administration

  • Michigan Citizen Action
  • Michigan Citizens Education Fund
  • Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness
  • Michigan Education Association
  • Michigan Election Reform Alliance
  • Michigan Jewish Federation
  • Michigan Nonprofit Association
  • Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS)
  • Michigan Universal Healthcare Access Network
  • Michigan Voice
  • Multicultural Council of America
  • NAACP – Michigan State Conference
  • Nonprofit Network
  • NorthSky Nonprofit Network
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice
  • United Way of Southeastern Michigan
  • Volunteer Centers of Michigan
  • Women’s Informal Network

Minnesota

Draw the Line Minnesota is run by the Minnesota Democracy Network. Their campaign is based on the following 5 principles:[4]

  • 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.

State partners

  • Common Cause Minnesota
  • League of Women Voters Minnesota
  • Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • TakeAction Minnesota

Ohio

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.[5]

State partners

  • League of Women Voters of Ohio
  • Ohio Citizen Action Money in Politics Project
  • Common Cause Ohio
  • Ohio Votes

Wisconsin

Draw the Line Wisconsin is being led by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and Wisconsin Voices. The list three goals and priorities:[6]

  • 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.

State partners

  • Common Cause in Wisconsin
  • League of Women Voters of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
  • Wisconsin Voices

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