ReShape New York (ReShapeNY) is a public campaign that aims to end partisan gerrymandering and change the way in which state legislative and congressional district lines are drawn.
The campaign specifically seeks to remove the conflict of interest and political manipulation for partisan advantage that exist when self-interested lawmakers draw the maps of the districts they represent.
We support a new approach that takes away lawmakers’ ability to choose their voters before their voters choose them.
We support the following:
- The creation of a new redistricting commission that is independent, representative, politically balanced, and fairly chosen to draw congressional and legislative district lines that do not favor or oppose any incumbent or political party.
- The use of even-handed and sensible redistricting guidelines and criteria that provide for fair and effective representation of all New Yorkers, including racial and language minority groups.
- Adequate disclosure of maps and data, as well as opportunities for public input in the redistricting process.
We call upon the New York State Legislature and the Governor to adopt an approach and pass legislation that embraces these core principles in the drawing of these lines for the 2012 election.
ReShapeNY brings together a diverse group of stakeholders, including citizen groups, business leaders, and advocacy organizations working in a wide range of issue areas, to bring about reform in the gridlocked state capitol by engaging, educating, and mobilizing the public to demand change.
Why? Because coalition members recognize that the current process of gerrymandering for partisan advantage has contributed to making state government at times unworkable, and our elected officials less accountable and responsive to the public. Change is fundamental for the state to meet the demands of these challenging and difficult times.