About the NDRC

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee is the centralized hub for executing a comprehensive redistricting strategy that shifts the redistricting power, creating fair districts where Democrats can compete.

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The system is rigged. The fight to fix it is now.

There’s no other way to put it. Since 2011, Republicans gerrymandered the country more aggressively than at any time in our history. The result? Your vote might not count the way you think it does.

It’s wrong—and we’re here to fix it.

How did we get here?

In 2010, Republicans rode a midterm wave into power, winning state legislative and gubernatorial elections around the country. That gave them disproportional control over the nation’s redistricting process—where state leaders redraw congressional and state legislative lines following the nation’s Census to make sure districts include roughly the same number of people.

In state after state, Republican legislatures and governors used this power over the process to ensure permanent Republican majorities and diminish the voting impact of Democrats and minorities.

The result was immediate: in 2012, 1.4 million more Americans voted for Democrats for Congress, but Republicans won a 33-seat majority in Congress. And the problem hasn’t gotten better. In 2016, despite winning fewer than half of all votes for Congress, Republicans again won a 33-seat majority. In battleground states like Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan and Virginia, the make-up of state legislatures are wildly different than the voting population.

These gerrymandered districts have had disastrous policy consequences, leading to  some of the most right-wing legislation in decades both in Congress and at the state level, including assaults on women’s health, suppressing the vote for people of color, failing to address climate change, and refusing to stand up to the epidemic of gun violence.  These policies don’t reflect the majority of voters, but because Republicans have rigged the system in their favor, voters are limited in their ability to do anything about it.

Here’s what we’re doing about it

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, chaired by the 82nd Attorney General of the United States Eric H. Holder, Jr., is the first-ever strategic hub for a comprehensive redistricting strategy. With the support of former President Barack Obama, as well as key leaders around the country, the NDRC is attacking this problem from every angle to ensure the next round of redistricting is fair and that maps reflect the will of the voters. Together, we will rebuild a democracy where voters pick their politicians—not the other way around.

A Comprehensive Approach

With a four-part strategy focused on advancing legal action, mobilizing grassroots energy, supporting reforms, and winning targeted elections, we’re tackling the problem from every side. As each piece comes together, our comprehensive approach to redistricting will ensure that we can achieve a fairer process and fairer maps.

In the past few years, courts have overturned gerrymandered maps in Virginia, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The NDRC and our affiliates are committed to a proactive legal strategy that fights against the cracking and packing of voters and ensures that every person’s vote counts equally.

As the strategic hub for redistricting, the NDRC is building state-of-the-art data, software, and mobilization tools that will prepare Democrats for the redistricting process in 2021, developing public advocacy tools for grassroots activists, and generating aggressive earned media to create accountability for elected officials. Through our partnership with Organizing for Action (OFA), we are building a grassroots army of educated, prepared, and energized activist citizens who care about fair redistricting.

State-level ballot initiatives that reform the redistricting process have already created fair, competitive maps in a number of states, including California and Arizona which have independent redistricting commissions. Earlier this year, the NDRC supported a bipartisan proposal in Ohio that will make the state’s redistricting process less partisan and we will support similar reform measures in states around the country.

This is a critical election year for redistricting. Officials elected to four-year terms in 2018 will have a seat at the table when new maps are drawn in 2021. The governors elected will have the power to sign or veto maps. Additionally, there are more than 700 state legislators and down-ballot officials elected in 2018 with 4-year terms, which means they will be in office to vote on maps in 2021. That makes this our last chance to ensure Democrats are in place to fight for fairness. We are focused on the key races that matter for redistricting and will continue working with our partners and allies to ensure these candidates have the resources and support they need to win this fall.