It’s that time of the decade again. Redistricting can be complicated so we thought a bit of explanation is in order.
What Is It
Redistricting is the redrawing of all political subdivisions in the state every 10 years after a census to determine who represents us. This restructuring is based on the information of our communities provided by the census and it shapes where you vote and who’s on the ballot, and most importantly how our voices are heard.
Why It Happens
To redraw district boundaries to accommodate and account for the changes in population based on the current census numbers. It’s important to keep districts as equal as possible in population. How and where districts are drawn can shape communities’ ability to elect representatives of their choice.
Why It Matters
Redistricting can dramatically impact the fairness of our political process. This matters because if not careful, it could leave states vulnerable to gerrymandering. Unfair redistricting (or gerrymandering) has negative ramifications such as impacting racial or economic fairness by diluting the power of some voters and giving an unfair advantage to other voters.
Redistricting in Nebraska
Our legislature has returned for a special session starting Monday. This session is dedicated to redistricting. The past couple of weeks has included organizing data from the Census Bureau, the redistricting committee preparing redistricting recommendations and holding hearings. Territory remapping does not only include our legislative and U.S. House representative districts, it will also encompass non-controversial districts for the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, the Nebraska Supreme Court and the Nebraska Public Service Commission and State Board of Education.
Link to Proposed Base Plans
Here’s how you can help: