Man examines map mounted on an easel showing proposed redistricting changes



Redistricting will determine political representation for the next ten years. During this process, the lines and boundaries of governing bodies are redrawn so that each district is roughly equal in population size based on the most recent census data. 

How this shows up in our communities 

Redistricting is carried out at all levels of government—from local school boards and city councils to state legislatures and the United States House of Representatives. Black communities have an important role to play in the redistricting process to ensure that their voices are heard, their needs are addressed, and their rights are protected. 

In advance of the post-2020 redistricting cycle, we’re working to make sure the public knows the process of redistricting and how they can participate. We are also litigating a prison gerrymandering case, which leads to underrepresentation. Learn more about current litigation

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State-level information

News & resources

Redistricting Update: ALABAMA

Two Legal Challenges Filed Over Alabama Racial Gerrymandering

On November 15, 2021, NAACP Legal Defense Fund and co-counsel filed two lawsuits against the Alabama Secretary of State and the chairs of the Legislative committee on Reapportionment, one challenging the state’s congressional redistricting plan under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and the 14th Amendment and the other challenging Alabama’s state legislative plan as a racial gerrymander.

Read more about these lawsuits

Redistricting Update: South Carolina

LDF Sends Follow-up Letters to South Carolina House and Senate Redistricting Subcommittees Urging Transparency in the Redistricting Process

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (“LDF”) and partner organizations sent letters to the South Carolina House Redistricting Ad Hoc Committee and Senate Judiciary Redistricting Subcommittee to reiterate concerns with the Subcommittees’ failure to provide transparency during the ongoing redistricting cycle.

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New podcast released

Later this year, states will begin drawing the districts that will determine the allocation of political power and representation for the next ten years. However, a practice known as prison-based gerrymandering threatens the principle of “one person, one vote” and risks unfairly diluting the political power of Black and urban communities, while inflating the power of white, rural ones.

On this episode of Justice Above All, Thurgood Marshall Institute Senior Researcher Kesha Moore talks to the Executive Director of the Abolitionist Law Center, Saleem Holbrook, and Cara McClellan, Assistant Counsel at the Legal Defense Fund, about the inherent racism surrounding prison-based gerrymandering and how it continues to feed the prison industrial complex.

Civil Rights Organizations Release Redistricting Guide to Support Black, Latino, and AAPI Communities’ Participation in Crucial Process