5 things standing in the way of fair maps

‌ ‌   ‌   ‌   ‌ ‌   ‌   ‌ Help combat the 5 things standing in the way of fair maps →
1. Conservative governors in our target states
States’ governors in places like Texas, Georgia, and Ohio have the ability to veto unfair maps drawn during redistricting — but many of them in our target states have a track record of hostility toward voting rights and fair maps. Just this week, the governor of Texas signed gerrymandered maps passed by the GOP-controlled state legislature.

2. GOP party leaders in places like Ohio and Texas
In states like Texas and Ohio, influential GOP party leaders are openly encouraging gerrymandering. The Ohio Hamilton County GOP Chairman said: “…Republicans should look out for Republicans when drawing the lines for apportionment.” And the Former Texas GOP Chairman said Republicans should “not concern themselves with ‘fairness'” during redistricting.

3. Republican representatives blocking democracy reform legislation
Every Republican House member voted against the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the For the People Act when it was brought to a vote this summer. And just last week, every Republican senator voted against even debating the Freedom to Vote Act.

4. Anti-democratic senators in Congress
Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz have consistently obstructed democracy reforms. Cruz called the For the People Act a “dangerous piece of legislation,” and Graham falsely claimed that it’s a “violation of the Constitution.”

5. Right-wing political pundits
Senators in Congress aren’t the only ones blocking commonsense democracy legislation. Extreme, right-wing political pundits are drowning the airwaves with falsehoods about democracy reform legislation and using their platforms to amplify lies about “voter integrity” effects — also known as voter suppression tactics. As states like Georgia, Texas, and Ohio draft, release, and pass maps — conservative governors, GOP party leaders, Republican lawmakers, anti-democratic senators, and right-wing pundits are working relentlessly to undermine our democracy.

The AOTL Team All On The Line is the grassroots advocacy campaign supported by the National Redistricting Action Fund. Support our work to end gerrymandering. Rectangle: Rounded Corners: DONATEDONATE


on this day … 10/28

Gateway Arch completed
On this day in 1965, construction is completed on the Gateway Arch, a spectacular 630-foot-high parabola of stainless steel marking the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the waterfront of St. Louis, Missouri. The Gateway Arch, designed by Finnish-born, American-educated architect Eero… read more »
British proclamation forbids residents from leaving Boston »
Leif Erickson Tunnel completes 1,593-mile I-35 »
Second Battle of Fair Oaks concludes »
The Cuban Missile Crisis comes to an end »
Chuck Berry goes on trial for the second time »
Cyclone intensifies near India »
Statue of Liberty dedicated »
Congress enforces prohibition »
George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession is performed in New York »
President Bill Clinton signs the Digital Millennium Copyright Act into law »
Workers complete the famous Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri »
Grover Cleveland dedicates Statue of Liberty »
Princeton-Chicago football game is broadcast across the country »
Khrushchev orders withdrawal of missiles from Cuba »
U.S. officials deny any involvement in bombing of North Vietnam. »
Viet Cong commandos raid U.S. airfields »
German sailors begin to mutiny »
Italy invades Greece »