NEW! Resource Toolkit for Submitting Testimony

 

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:

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      • 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. Legislative Redistricting Town Halls are happening right now (the week of August 8) and are your opportunity to speak up for fair maps.

        What should I do: We need you to submit your testimony to ensure that our legislators are held accountable to a transparent process that results in equitable and fair maps.

        What should I say: Represent the legislative interests of your community, call for a transparent process that includes more town halls after the census data is available, ask that congressional districts - especially the 3rd District - maintain existing borders as much as possible. Read on for more sample language and testimonies.

        How do I submit testimony: It’s easy! Use KS Fair Maps Coalition form and we’ll submit it on your behalf using the official guidelines from the KLRD. The Redistricting Committees will accept testimony after the scheduled town halls conclude, but we encourage you to submit testimony by 5:00 pm the day before your town hall.

        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.




        ICYMI: We're recording each each stop on the 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

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        ALERT! Livestreams Available for Redistricting Town Halls

        The House & Senate Redistricting Committees are holding 14 joint town halls across Kansas, beginning on August 9. Find a town hall close to you by clicking here. And make sure to subscribe here to receive critical action alerts and reminders via email.

        Like many of us, you probably aren't able to take the week off and become a Redistricting Committee Groupie. Great news! You can stay where you are and livestream the meetings on YouTube or Harmony (audio only).* 

        *Note: These are not interactive platforms. Oral testimony may only be delivered in-person.

         

        Kansas is currently redrawing our borders for Congressional and legislative districts. We all have a role to play to ensure fair maps represent the interests and communities of Kansans, not the political interest of legislators. 

        Redistricting is essential and will impact our state for the next decade. However, if this process is mishandled, it will disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of Kansans and undermine their faith in those who will be elected to represent them. A stable and healthy democracy depends on an engaged electorate who is encouraged to participate and have a hand in shaping their future and it benefits all Kansans to be attentive to the needs of the Communities of Interest in the state.


        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


        About Us

          

        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):

                                • 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