Democrats should not delay redistricting reform

By Ellen Tauscher and John Tanner April 7

Ellen Tauscher, a former Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California, is co-chair of YouDrawTheLines2021. John Tanner, a former Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee, is a member of the national steering committee of YouDrawTheLines2021.

Activists in Maryland are running, biking and boating 225 miles through the 3rd Congressional District to illustrate just how disjointed it has become. (Kate Patterson/For The Washington Post)

Congress has grown more polarized and paralyzed partly because …

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Seeking to End Gerrymandering’s Enduring Legacy


By CARL HULSE JAN. 25, 2016

WASHINGTON — Buried less than two miles from the Capitol is the man many blame for the toxic partisanship infecting Congress today even though he died 202 years ago.

Elbridge Gerry was a patriot, signer of the Declaration of Independence, drafter of the Constitution, House member, governor and vice president under James Madison. Yet he is best known today for the twist on his name that now defines the twisting of legislative boundaries to give one party or candidate an electoral …

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Statements of YouDrawTheLines2021 co-chairs The Honorable Tom Davis and The Honorable Ellen O. Tauscher on the passage of Ohio’s Issue 1

“Congratulations to Ohio voters on their passage of redistricting reform in Ohio,” said Republican co-chair Tom Davis, former member of Congress from Virginia. “Tuesday’s vote shows the appetite of voters in Ohio and across the nation for the end of gerrymandering and for making government work again. The success of Issue 1 will lend momentum to the 2016 redistricting reform ballot initiative efforts in the midwest, including Illinois and Michigan.”

“We at YouDrawTheLines 2021 are so pleased to see Ohio voters overwhelmingly supported redistricting reform on Tuesday,” said Democratic co-chair Ellen O. Tauscher, …

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Voters approve issue to reform Ohio’s redistricting process

By Jim Siegel
The Columbus Dispatch • Wednesday November 4, 2015 10:00 AM

Voters overwhelmingly backed a plan to reform Ohio’s hyper-partisan process for drawing legislative districts, and supporters are already looking ahead to passing the same reforms for congressional districts next year.

“Today’s win was an important first step, but it only got us halfway there,” said Carrie Davis, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio. “We need to take these new anti-gerrymandering rules that Issue 1 applied to the General Assembly and extend …

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YouDrawTheLines2021 Announces Former Member of Congress Tom Davis As Co-Chair of National Non-Partisan Redistricting Effort

YouDrawTheLines2021 Announces Former Member of Congress Tom Davis As Co-Chair of National Non-Partisan Redistricting Effort

Former Rep. Ellen O.Tauscher (D-CA) and Davis (R-VA) will co-chair effort to pass state ballot initiatives establishing independent, non-partisan citizens redistricting commissions

Washington, D.C. – Former Congressman Tom Davis (R-Virginia) will join Former Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher (D-California) as national co-chair of YouDrawTheLines2021, an organization formed to push for a national effort to establish non-partisan citizens redistricting commissions in key states around the country. The effort comes in the wake of the U.S. …

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Hope for a less-partisan Congress in Supreme Court ruling

Former Rep. Ellen Tauscher in 2000; she wants other states to follow California’s lead and put the drawing of congressional district lines into the hands of citizens commissions, leading to more competitive districts. (Ron Edmonds, Associated Press)

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In last week’s Supreme Court decision affirming the right of citizens’ commissions to draw political districts, many California Democrats saw a lost opportunity to expand their ranks among the state’s elected officials.

One California Democrat, herself a former elected official, saw an opportunity gained.

Ellen O. …

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