To: Interested Parties
From: Kelly Ward, NDRC Executive Director
Date: December 22, 2017
Re: National Democratic Redistricting Committee Update

One year ago, we launched the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) to develop the first-ever comprehensive redistricting plan that can unrig Republican control over the redistricting process, undo gerrymandering and restore fairness to our democracy. I am proud to report that NDRC has had a very successful first year, with big plans for 2018 and beyond.

2017 Accomplishments

With no precedent for a comprehensive redistricting strategy, we set out to create a plan and start building the foundation for this work. Since no two states are the same, our model allows us to adapt and customize how we can be most effective in each state. The four pillars of our strategy include:

  1. A robust litigation strategy in states with unconstitutional maps
  2. Reforming the redistricting process where possible, including supporting ballot initiatives to create fairer redistricting processes in the states
  3. Building the infrastructure needed for successful advocacy during the redistricting process in 2021, including raising public awareness, building a grassroots network, and developing state-of-the-art mapping software
  4. Electing Democrats in key state and local races that will play a role in the next round of redistricting

With our model in place, we immediately and aggressively began executing on our work. We effectively established NDRC as the leading redistricting organization, created a strong financial foundation, launched initial programmatic activity in key strategy areas, and began building a strong grassroots network around the country.

In 2017, we worked to advance our goals around the country by:


Plans for 2018 and Beyond

We have specific, ambitions plans to build on this success in 2018. Overall, our goal for the year is to move the needle on achieving a fair redistricting process in 2021. To that end, we will be focused on:


We see the negative effects of Republican gerrymandering in 2011 every time this Congress votes. The NDRC is leading an aggressive effort to dramatically reform the redistricting process across the country and achieve fair maps that accurately reflect the will of the American people. With 2018 as a critical year in setting up the building blocks for the next redistricting process, the time for this work is now. We have made tangible gains in our first year, and we are energetic and confident about the opportunity for impact we have moving forward.