November 14, 2021
General News

Politics has no place in redistricting

As our elected leaders work through the redistricting process, we urge them to continue the tradition in Iowa of keeping party politics out of it.

Senate Republicans rejected the first redistricting map presented by the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency on a party-line vote earlier this month. This is not the first time the initial map has been rejected since the LSA began redrawing the maps in 1980 — it happened in 1981 and 2001, though LSA-created maps were ultimately approved those years without partisan amendments by the state Legislature (which is allowed if the third map is rejected).

Iowa is unique in our approach to redistricting in that the nonpartisan LSA draws the maps and the partisan Legislature approves them. The LSA, which may not consider partisan data, must adhere to strict rules when drawing its maps. This includes nesting state legislative districts into…

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