NEW! Next Round of Redistricting Committees Listening Tour Announced
The House & Senate Redistricting Committees are holding 4 stops on their next virtual Listening Tour beginning November 22. The Committees are setting up locations for you to submit verbal testimony, but you must notify KLRD ([email protected] or 785-296-3181) 24 hours in advance if you plan to participate. You can also use the KS Fair Maps testimony form!
November Listening Tour Stops (Addresses have been announced! You can find more information here)
- Nov 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Congressional District 2: Atchison, Native American Reservations, Ottawa, Independence
- Nov 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Congressional District 1: Emporia, Great Bend, Liberal, McPherson
- Nov 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Congressional District 4: Newton, El Dorado
- Nov 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Congressional District 3: Stilwell, Bonner Springs
What is happening: Kansas is currently redrawing our borders for Congressional and legislative districts. These maps will determine our Congressional and legislative representation for the next 10 years. A Legislative Redistricting Listening Tour is scheduled for Nov 22 - Nov 30, and this is your opportunity to speak up for fair maps.
What should I say: The Committees need to hear about your community and how it should be represented in state and Congressional maps. You know your community best! Share information about where the natural boundaries are and what will happen if district lines break your community apart.
How do I submit testimony: For the November listening tours you will need to notify KLRD 24 hours in advance of the date for your Congressional District. You can email ([email protected]) or call (785-296-3181) to let them know you plan on speaking, and here is additional information about the process. Join us Nov 15 to learn more about how to easily participate with verbal and written testimony!
What’s next: Bookmark KSFairMaps.org / KSMapasJustos.org and check back for updates, sign up for email alerts, check out additional resources in the KS Fair Maps Toolkit, and get your community to participate.
Resources For Participating in the November Listening Tour
Watch Our Training
The KS Fair Maps Coalition hosted an educational event on November 15th to learn more about the redistricting process and how to prepare your verbal and written testimony for the Listening Tour. Watch the recording to find out how to use your voice to speak up for your community and what you believe our state and Congressional districts should look like before the legislature starts drawing their maps!
We have provided a simple testimony form that anyone can use to submit written testimony and request to give verbal testimony during the November Listening Tour. We'll even submit it for you! Access the form here.
Do you have a question about how to define your community, provide testimony, or participate in the redistricting process? You can contact one of our KS Fair Maps Redistricting Fellows for support.
- Mary Galligan, [email protected], League of Women Voters of Kansas
- Sherri Grogan, [email protected], League of Women Voters of Kansas
- Michael Poppa, [email protected], Mainstream Coalition
- Troy Spain, [email protected], Kansas Civic Engagement Table
- Connie Taylor, [email protected], League of Women Voters of Kansas
Resource Toolkit for Submitting Testimony (November update coming soon!)
You have a critical role to play in the Kansas redistricting process: participating in official Redistricting Town Halls, submitting testimony, and getting your friends and family involved (hopefully all three)! We want to make it as easy as possible for you to speak up for fair maps in Kansas. Click here to get started!
The Toolkit includes:
- Getting Started Guide
- KS FAIR MAPS TESTIMONY FORM - easily submit your testimony
- Speak Up for Fair Maps Event Video & Slide Deck
- Templates & examples for sharing your story
- Graphics to share on social media, and more!
August Legislative Listening Tour
ICYMI: We recorded each each stop of the August Legislative Listening Tour. If you missed your Town Hall, or just want to watch it again, please visit our YouTube Channel.
Access the Town Hall agendas, minutes, and submitted testimony on the KLRD website. You can also see our analysis of received testimony, including an overview and a detailed breakdown of topics by location.
What to Know & How to Get Involved
What is redistricting and why does it matter?
Every 10 years after the census, states redraw voting districts to reflect population changes. These districts play a big part in election outcomes, with the potential to shift the partisan balance in Congress, state legislatures, and local governing bodies (city council, county commission, school board).
How does redistricting work?
Starting in 2021, the legislative Joint Special Committee on Redistricting will discuss redistricting in public meetings. The Kansas Legislature will then draw congressional districts during the 2022 legislative session. These districts must be agreed to by a simple majority vote and signed by the Governor.
What are the challenges?
Ideally, redistricting is an unbiased, nonpartisan process based on population changes. In reality, redistricting typically is used as a partisan weapon. When this happens, it’s called gerrymandering. However it's done, gerrymandering disenfranchises voters by curbing their influence.
District Packing – Concentrates a community of voters into one district to minimize their influence in other districts.
District Cracking – Dilutes the voting power of a place by breaking it into pieces absorbed by nearby districts.
What can I do?
Take Action. The KS Fair Maps Coalition is closely monitoring the redistricting process. Keep an eye out for updates and action alerts sent via email. Not on our email list? Subscribe here.
Tune In. Subscribe to the Kansas legislature’s YouTube channel here to get alerts on live Redistricting Advisory Group meetings. Access Redistricting Advisory Group agendas and minutes here. Learn how to share your voice with the committees here.
The KS Fair Maps Coalition is a nonpartisan grassroots education and engagement effort by organizations and individuals who want to see an equitable redistricting process that:
- is accessible to all Kansans and allows for meaningful participation regardless of location, ability, language, etc
- is free of partisan tactics and bias
- results in districts of equal population based on constitution, law, and communities of interest.
Coalition partners include (in alphabetical order):
- ACLU of Kansas
- Equality Kansas
- Kansas African American Affairs Commission
- Kansas Action for Children
- Kansas Appleseed
- Kansas Civic Engagement Table
- Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns
- Kansas Interfaith Action
- Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission
- League of Women Voters of Kansas
- Loud Light
- Mainstream Coalition & The Voter Network
- Working Kansas Alliance