States Using Independent Election District Process

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The “Yes for Independent Maps” proposal in Illinois would take legislative redistricting responsibilities away from lawmakers and gives it to an independent commission.

Here’s a look at other states using independent processes to draw maps of election districts every decade, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
California: The state uses an independent 14-member commission to draw the map, a plan passed by voter referendum in 2008.

The “Yes for Independent Maps” proposal is similar. Arizona: An appellate court panel selects 25 non-political candidates. Then four legislative leaders each choose a commission member. These four members then select a fifth candidate. This five-person commission draws the map.

Iowa: Illinois’ neighbor is the only state to use a non-partisan legislative staff to develop maps. The Legislature votes on maps until approval.

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