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 Washington, districts are drawn by a five-member Redistricting Commission. The redistricting commission submits its plans to the Legislature, which may amend them if two-thirds of each house approves the amendment within thirty days.

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

  • be compact
  • be contiguous
  • do not favor or discriminate against any political party or group
  • preserve political subdivisions
  • preserve communities of interest
  • be drawn to promote competitiveness

In the redistricting process, your state requires the consideration of communities of interest (COIs). Though currently undefined under state law, a community of interest is typically a population that shares cultural, historical, or 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 Washington