Washington, D.C. — Today, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) announced its electoral targets for the 2018 election cycle. This is a critical election year for redistricting because it is the first cycle where the officials elected will serve during the redistricting process in 2021.
As the only entity looking at the electoral map strictly through the lens of redistricting, NDRC’s targets shine a spotlight on the elections most important for shifting the balance of power in the redistricting process.
NDRC is targeting 12 states, including 9 gubernatorial races, 20 legislative chambers, 2 ballot initiatives, and 2 down-ballot races. There are 8 additional states on our Watch List.
“Gerrymandering contributes to the political polarization and dysfunction in this country and is a threat to our democracy. In 2011, Republicans created gerrymandered districts that locked themselves into power and shut out voters from the electoral process,” said Eric H. Holder, Jr., Chairman of NDRC and the 82nd Attorney General of the United States. “By focusing on these state and local races, we can ensure Democrats who will fight for fairness have a seat at the table when new maps are drawn in 2021.”
NDRC will invest time and resources in these races and utilize our position as the strategic hub for redistricting to focus organizational efforts into these areas. We will also put a particular focus on turning out young people and people of color in these states this year.
NDRC 2018 Primary Targets
Colorado Governor, state Senate Florida Governor, stateSenate Georgia Governor, state Senate Michigan Governor, state Senate, state House, ballot initiative Minnesota Governor, state Senate, state House Nevada Governor, state Senate, state House North Carolina State Senate, state House Ohio Governor, ballot initiative, State Auditor, Secretary of State, state Senate, state House Pennsylvania Governor, state Senate, state House Texas State Senate, state House Virginia State House in 2017; state Senate and state House in 2019 Wisconsin Governor, State Senate
NDRC 2018 Watch List
Arizona Ballot initiative Maine Governor, state Senate Missouri Ballot initiative New Hampshire Governor, state Senate, state House New York State Senate South Carolina Governor, state House South Dakota Ballot initiative Utah Ballot initiative
The National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) is the first-ever strategic hub for a comprehensive redistricting strategy that includes winning targeted elections, reforming the system, advancing legal action and building the infrastructure needed to achieve a fairer redistricting process.
Our goal is to restore fairness to our democracy by undoing the Republican gerrymandering plaguing our country and creating fair congressional and legislative maps that reflect the will of the voters.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal courts cannot put limits on partisan gerrymandering – in effect allowing rampant map manipulation by Republican legislatures to continue.
Our strategy to end gerrymandering has never relied on one decision from the Supreme Court. We know the path to securing fair maps during 2021 redistricting will require action on multiple fronts, and it’s now more critical than ever that we fund our strategy.
That’s where you come in. Will you pitch in to help us respond to the Supreme Court’s decision?