LDF's Redistricting Work by State

How LDF is working to to ensure that the redistricting process is transparent and achieve equal representation

LDF has been closely monitoring the redistricting process in key states since the 2021 redistricting cycle began, including Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Georgia to ensure that the process is transparent and communities have a say in how electoral lines will be drawn. Here, we’ve compiled a state-by-state look at our work. Since the redistricting process began, LDF has sent letters, submitted proposed maps, and filed lawsuits opposing discriminatory redistricting plans.

The 2021 redistricting cycle will be the first without Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in place to protect against discriminatory redistricting. In 2013, the Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder effectively dismantled Section 5 and the pre-approval process that required states with histories of racial discrimination redistricting to seek approval from the federal government before implementing plans. The absence of the federal government’s pre-approval process is a major detriment to voters of color going into this next redistricting cycle.

Achieving equal representation and being able to cast equal and effective votes depends in part on redistricting maps that are drawn fairly to reflect and respect our communities. The maps drawn for the post-2020 redistricting cycle will determine the allocation of political power and representation at every level of government across the nation for at least the next ten years. Since the federal government will no longer act to review discriminatory voting policies in advance, the redistricting process now lies with everyday citizens, especially Black, Latino, and Asian American voters, who are most vulnerable to disenfranchisement through discriminatory voting policies.

South Carolina

LDF Sends Letter to South Carolina Senate Judiciary Redistricting Subcommittee on their Duty to Comply with Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and Recommendations for Transparency, Public Involvement, and Fair Representation

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (“LDF”), the American Civil Liberties Union, South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, League of Women Voters of South Carolina, South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, and South Carolina Progressive Network Education

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Alabama

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Louisiana

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Texas

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LDF – Proposed Waller County, Texas Map Plan 1

LDF – Proposed Waller County, Texas Map Plan 2

Mississippi

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Map of City of Gulfport Council’s proposed plan (Plan 6) as approved, which was created in response to our advocacy and has a third ward that performs for Black voters.

Georgia

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