By Katie Vicsik, Florida State Director
In 2012, the Florida redistricting process was anything but transparent. Politicians in Tallahassee collaborated with partisan political operatives to introduce district maps that overtly favored Republicans while publicly claiming they were including input from Floridians. Years later, those unconstitutional maps were overturned in court, but not before damaging our political system and the reputation of the elected officials that held a sham public process.
Florida now has benchmark congressional and State Senate maps, recently drawn and approved by the Florida Supreme Court that voters know are fair. …
By Claire Low, Targeting & Analytics Director, All On The Line
At All On The Line, we are eagerly awaiting the first release of 2020 Census data and new apportionment calculations, which will determine each state’s total number of congressional districts for the next 10 years and each state’s power in the electoral college. Before the U.S. Census Bureau releases the data next week, we thought we’d share what to expect when it announces the apportionment numbers, including anticipated population trends, congressional seat allocation predictions, and the variables we will be closely monitoring on Apportionment Day.
WHAT IS APPORTIONMENT?… AND…
By Katy Shanahan
Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau announced another delay to when states will receive data — this time, pushing the delivery of redistricting data to states by September 30, which is six months later than under normal circumstances.
This delay certainly presents some challenges to Ohio’s upcoming redistricting process. If pushed all the way to the September 30 date, under this new timeline, Ohio won’t receive its data until after state constitutionally-mandated deadlines for our state legislative maps (September 1 and 15) and on the same day as our congressional deadlines (starting on September 30).
By Saumya Narechania
The inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris has brought a tremendous sense of relief and hope to many people across our country. But this administration still faces enormous challenges, and we will all have to work together to meet this moment.
As the nation grapples with many crises, including the COVID-19 epidemic, racism and systemic injustice, white supremacy, a climate that is changing at frightening speed, and the unprecedented spread of misinformation, we also face one problem that undergirds and exacerbates those challenges: our broken political system.
Self-serving politicians have worked to undermine faith in…
By Saumya Narechania
On Monday, Senator Mitch McConnell evoked the words of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a call for “justice” and “opportunity” for all. Perhaps McConnell isn’t familiar with these words from Dr. King: “Justice too long delayed is justice denied.”
For years, McConnell refused to bring the For the People Act (H.R. 1) to the Senate floor for a vote. This piece of historic legislation would address many of the enduring voting rights injustices that have plagued our democracy.
By Team AOTL
“The denial of even a single voter’s right to be heard should concern all of us.”
A.G. Holder wrote that line with Stacey Abrams a year ago this week. Together they were trying to call attention to the significant barriers facing voters. Last week, 147 members of Congress voted to reject 10,172,015 ballots in Arizona and Pennsylvania.
More than 10 million legally cast ballots. That is beyond cause for concern.
This vote to overturn the results of a free and fair election undermines democracy in the same way blatant voter suppression and gerrymandering do — by attempting…
By Team AOTL
Almost exactly a year ago, A.G. Holder and Stacey Abrams penned an op-ed together stating: “The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy, yet over the past decade, partisanship has overtaken patriotism in the political process.”
They noted how Republicans obstructed the Voting Rights Advancement Act, despite previous bipartisan support to reauthorize the VRA. …
By John Bisognano
Earlier this week, a white supremacist mob violently attacked our nation’s capital in a reprehensible attempt to silence voters and prevent the peaceful transfer of power.
But as A.G. Holder noted, “the thugs who stormed the Capitol did not act alone — complicit are elected officials, lawyers, and all those who have tried to overturn a free and obviously fair election.”
Despite watching their false rhetoric of “stolen elections” escalate into violence, 147 members of Congress still cast votes objecting to the certification of ballots from millions of voters in Arizona and Pennsylvania. …
By Saumya Narechania, Director of States & Advocacy, All On The Line Campaign Manager
It’s no secret that the results in down-ballot races didn’t quite mirror the success that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had for their party at the top of the ticket. But far too many political reporters and pundits view the lack of gains in the 2020 election as a death knell for fair maps, instead of a reflection of where this year’s competitive races played out: in the toughest and most gerrymandered districts. They write that the results should have Republicans celebrating and Democrats reflecting, but…
By Team AOTL
Elizabeth grew up in Northeastern Wisconsin and has been working in democratic politics since 2010. She is thrilled to be part of the AOTL team and fighting for fair maps in Wisconsin!
What does All On The Line mean to you?
To me, All On The Line represents the fight for fairness in our democracy. Wisconsin has been an epicenter for unfair gerrymandering — we’ve seen time and again voters vote one way, and representation go the other. It’s undemocratic and unfair, and it has led to countless…
All On The Line is the grassroots movement to end gerrymandering and restore fairness to our elections and democracy ahead of 2021 redistricting. Formerly OFA.