Butler, Klobuchar Introduce Bill to Reform Congressional Redistricting Process

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Laphonza Butler (D-CA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Member and Chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight over federal elections, introduced the Redistricting Reform Act of 2024 to help end partisan gerrymandering and reform the nation’s patchwork redistricting process. 

“The Redistricting Reform Act of 2024 establishes standardized rules to make sure congressional districts represent communities instead of political parties,” said Butler. “By creating a clear framework for the redistricting process, we help increase the transparency and accountability needed to ensure the voices of citizens are better represented.”

“Partisan gerrymandering undermines our democracy and puts political parties before the American people,” said Klobuchar. “Congress must act to protect the Constitutional principle of ‘one-person, one-vote.’ This legislation would protect this principle by eliminating gerrymandering once and for all so every vote is counted equally.”  

The Redistricting Reform Act of 2024

  1. Sets specific criteria that states must follow for congressional redistricting, which include ensuring that districts comply with the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, are drawn to represent communities that share common interests, and are not drawn to favor or disfavor political parties. 
  2. Prevents states from engaging in redistricting until after the next U.S. Census by banning mid-decade redistricting. 
  3. Requires the development and adoption of a congressional redistricting plan to use an open and transparent process that takes into consideration comments from the public.
  4. Creates judicial remedies if a state fails to enact a final congressional redistricting plan. 


See here for the full bill text.



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