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:

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In 2018, Michigan voted the new Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission into law. In the past, voting districts were drawn by politicians behind closed doors with little public input. However, the shape of voting district maps can influence election outcomes, so it is important that new district maps be drawn in a fair and impartial manner.

How Representable.org Can Help

Representable will help you tell the Commission about your Community and visualize a map of its boundaries. Then, the Commission can fairly consider your Community when it draws new voting district lines.

  1. Districts shall be of equal population and comply with the Voting Rights Act,
  2. Districts shall be geographically contiguous (that is, all in one piece, not broken apart),
  3. Districts shall reflect the state’s diverse population and communities of interest,
  4. Districts shall not provide a disproportionate advantage to any political party,
  5. Districts shall not favor or disfavor an incumbent elected official or candidate,
  6. District shall reflect consideration of county, city and township boundaries, and
  7. Districts shall be reasonably compact.

In the redistricting process, your state requires the consideration of communities of interest (COIs). A Community is a population that shares cultural, historical, or economic interests. Communities do not include relationships with political parties, incumbents, or political candidates. Join one of our partner’s data collection campaigns to add your community.

See community maps drawn in Michigan