What is redistricting, and why is it important right now?
When new census data is collected every 10 years, states redraw their state and congressional district lines. These districts determine how communities are represented at the local, state, and federal levels. The redistricting process is fundamental in influencing how our government works for us.
Redistricting will be happening in the fall of 2021 in Tennessee and Rutherford County.
Fair redistricting is an important part of the democratic process, as it upholds the sanctity of one person, one vote; and ensures fair representation at every level. Congress has the power to ensure a fair redistricting by putting in guardrails for elections and redistricting by supporting the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.
The League of Women Voters will be offering programs this fall that specifically address redistricting here in Rutherford County.