As the voting demographic changes to reflect the true makeup of American communities, and as more and more Americans are striving to have their voices heard in key elections, we must take steps to make sure voting practices are equitable.
To further complicate things, in some states, districting issues effectively make certain votes count more than others. In cases of “selective districting,” maps are manipulated to better serve one party over another. The result is that some voter’s ballots are weighted more heavily. In North Carolina, for example, district maps were redrawn in 2016 in a way that concentrates Democratic votes into small districts where they are guaranteed wins, and spreads the remainder of the state into the many more districts where Republicans have huge margins. This admitted effort “to gain partisan advantage on the map” for Republican candidates has been challenged in court, and is presumably a dominant reason that although Democrats received roughly half of the state’s votes for state House of Representatives but will take only 23 percent of the seats in January.
SACE remains a steadfast advocate for equitable voter rights across the board; we continue to push for fair and transparent systems that lift up all voices and provide a platform for every American to be heard. We are working every day to support efforts to ensure that all eligible Americans are empowered to vote, and that every vote counts equally. Moving forward we are excited to watch the growing trends of this more diverse, younger, female-powered and all-inclusive South and country and to amplify all voices as we call for a clean, safe, and healthy future.
Amy Vaden joined SACE as Development & Content Manager in October 2018. She works with SACE’s expert programmatic staff to translate often technical subject matter into compelling prose for readers…