Fight For Fair Maps: Redistricting in Mississippi

The right to vote is one of the most sacred civil liberties we have as citizens. We believe voting should be easy for every citizen and that each vote should count the same.

Historically, politicians have used gerrymandering, packing and cracking to dilute the influence of Black voters. We seek to ensure that the current redistricting process allows Mississippi's Black voters the same opportunities as white voters to elect their candidates of choice, regardless of where they live in the state and regardless of who they vote for.

Redistricting is not something best left to the politicians and the experts. Every voter has a vital stake in redistricting because it determines the composition of districts that elect public officials at every level of government.

 

The population in Mississippi grew by 0.57% between 2012-2019 using ACS 5 year estimates.

Using 2019 Census CVAP estimates we explored districts that are withing range of becoming a majority minority district, and looked for evidence of packed and cracked districts. Based on this analysis, it appears that as many as 5 districts could be made majority Black. Here is a deeper look at the data in our Mississipi Legislative Senate District and House District demographic analysis.

Not sure which district you currently live in? Find out here.


HOW TO GET INVOLVED

 

1. WATCH OUR REDISTRICTING 101 VIRTUAL TRAINING

On August 3rd ACLU of Mississippi, the Mississippi State Conference NAACP, and the Southern Poverty Law Center conducted a lunchtime virtual training on redistricting and its power. Watch the recording to prepare youself to ask your lawmaker the right questions at one of the nine redistricting hearings.


2. ORGANIZE A GROUP AND REQUEST AN ACLU OF MISSISSIPPI VIRTUAL TRAINING SESSION.


3. Submit Comments to the Mississippi Joint Legislative Redistricting Committee (MJLRC)

The Mississippi state legislature and the governor decide the boundaries of the district maps. The members of a 20-member standing committee called the Mississippi Joint Legislative Redistricting Committee (MJLRC) conduct the bulk of the work that create proposed maps. Find talking points below in our redistricting toolkit!