Kentucky

Republicans currently have trifecta control in Kentucky. In 2019, we are working to flip the governor’s office from red to blue to prevent rigged maps in the Bluegrass State when redistricting takes place in 2021.

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Redistricting in Kentucky

2011

Census data delivered to Kentucky.

Republicans controlled the state Senate and Democrats controlled the state House.

The legislature drew congressional and state legislative lines.

The legislature adopted a new state legislative redistricting plan as House Bill 1.

2012

The legislature approved a new congressional redistricting plan, which was approved by Democratic Governor Steve Beshear.

The legislature’s map for the state legislature was quickly embroiled in litigation.

The court blocked the state legislative maps, holding that they violated equal population guarantees and unnecessarily divided counties. The court ordered that the state’s 2002 maps be reinstated until a new map could be put into place.

The General Assembly failed to produce a new redistricting plan and, as a result, Kentucky’s state legislative elections in 2012 were held under the 2002 legislative district lines.

2013

The General Assembly again failed to pass a new redistricting plan in the regular legislative session.

Two federal lawsuits challenged the use of the 2002 district boundaries, alleging the districts were malapportioned and resulted in vote dilution in violation of the Equal Protection Clause.

A new redistricting plan was finally adopted in August 2013.

2019

Voters have the opportunity to elect a new governor committed to fair maps.

1 Know the Decision Makers

Each state is different when it comes to the redistricting process. Knowing who they are and when to vote for them is the key to creating a fairer redistricting process. In Kentucky, congressional and state legislative maps are drawn by the state legislature and require a simple majority to pass in addition to the governor’s approval.

  • Governor
  • State Senate
  • State House

2 Know Your State Legislature

Projected state legislature make-up starting in 2019.

Kentucky Lower Chamber
38

Democratic-held
seats

62

Republican-held
seats

Kentucky Upper Chamber
11

Democratic-held
seats

27

Republican-held
seats

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