SB 293 enables citizens to have access to the data and map-making software that lawmakers have via a dedicated website; this allows citizens to propose maps to their lawmakers (i.e., citizens-drawn maps). The bill also sets up public meetings both before the mapmaking process begins (to discuss topics such as “communities of interest”) and after initial maps have been drawn. Gerrymandering of legislative districts depresses voting, discourages civic activity, and favors the election of ideologues over problem solvers. Learn about why redistricting reform matters for environmental protection, and how you can get involved to enact redistricting reform.

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