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 Kansas, maps are drawn by the state Legislature by ordinary statute, and are subject to the Governor's veto.

While Kansas, like all states, must follow the federal requirements of one person, one vote and the Voting Rights Act, Kansas’s state laws do not list additional criteria. However, the Kansas legislative Reapportionment Committees have previously adopted guidelines requiring that state legislative and congressional districts: 

  • be compact
  • be contiguous
  • preserve political subdivisions
  • preserve communities of interest 
  • avoid pairing incumbents
  • preserve the cores of prior districts (only for congressional districts) 
  • do not dilute minority voting strength

In the redistricting process, your state has typically required the consideration of communities of interest (COIs). Under state guidelines, a community of interest is a population that shares common social, cultural, racial, ethnic, and economic interests. Communities 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 Kansas