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 Alaska, maps are drawn by the Redistricting Board, with a deadline of 90 days after the Census Bureau releases 2020 census data.

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

  • be contiguous
  • be compact
  • preserve local government boundaries
  • use geographic features in describing boundaries
  • preserve communities of interest

In the redistricting process, your state requires the consideration of communities of interest (COIs). Under the state constitution, a community of interest is defined as a “relatively integrated socioeconomic area.” 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 Alaska