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. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the validity of citizen’s rights to draw congressional district lines outside of the partisan process of state legislatures.

“This effort is critical to getting Congress working again,” said former Congressman Davis. “Creating independent non-partisan citizen advisory commissions in even five or six states before the 2020 census could make all the difference to the make-up of Congress in the next decade. Ellen and I will be reaching out to our former colleagues and like-minded state elected officials of both parties in these key states to put the wheels in motion to get this done over the next five years.”

“I am thrilled that Tom and I will be leading this bi-partisan effort to make Congress work again for the American people,” said former Congresswoman and Undersecretary of State Ellen Tauscher. “Independent non-partisan redistricting commissions, like the one we have in California, create the opportunity for more competitive districts and for more moderates of both parties to get elected to Congress.”

The project will focus on passing ballot initiatives in key states over the next three election cycles to approve the formation of independent, non-partisan citizen redistricting commissions based on California’s model that was passed in 2008. The recent Supreme Court decision reaffirmed the validity of the California commission, as well as Arizona’s.

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