Why map your community?

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Mapping your community and identifying its shared interests allows public officials to take your community’s concerns into account during redistricing.

What is

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Every ten years, the United States draws new voting districts. District lines decide who votes for which representatives in local, state, and federal elections.

What is gerrymandering?

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Politicians have been splitting up or packing together communities into voting districts that silence their voices. Mapping your community of interest helps fight gerrymandering.

What is a Community of Interest?

A Community of Interest is a geographic area that shares cultural, historical, or economic interests.

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Your neighborhood
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People you want to choose representatives with
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A local group connected by an interest

Redistricting in your state:

In Hawaii, maps are drawn by a nine-member Reapportionment Commission, by September 28, 2021. If the Census Bureau delays releasing population data, an alternative timeline may be announced.

In addition to the federal requirements of one person, one vote and the Voting Rights Act, Hawaii’s state constitution requires that state legislative and congressional districts:

  • be compact
  • be contiguous
  • preserve communities of interest 
  • not unduly favor or disfavor a person or party

In the redistricting process, your state requires the consideration of communities of interest (COIs). Under state law, communities with substantially different socio-economic interests from the surrounding area are protected. Communities of interest do not necessarily share the same political viewpoints or support for certain candidates or political parties. Add your community to contribute your voice to the redistricting process.

See community maps drawn in Hawaii