Community districting is the first step of electing leaders who govern in our interest fighting for better schools for our kids, better jobs for working families, and better access to our public lands.
The Commission will take a final vote on CP on November 9th.
No matter our color, party, or zip code, Montanans agree that we pick our leaders, our leaders don’t get to pick their voters. But, before we can do that, we need to ensure that fair districts are drawn.
Montana has long led the country in fair and equitable districting and is one of the only states with an independent districting commission. This gives Montanans a real opportunity to ensure fair lines are drawn. This year’s community districting process will not only draw the lines for our two congressional districts, but our entire legislature.
That's why we launched Fair Maps Montana -- to mobilize and train every day Montanans to have say in the community districting process.
What is Community Districting?
What is the Districting & Apportionment Commission?
What is the criteria that the Commmission adopted?
Community districting, sometimes referred to as redistricting, is the process by which we draw the lines for our Congressional and Legislative districts. It happens once every 10 years following the Census. It's by these districts that we elect people to represent our communities in the US House of Representatives, or Congress, and the Montana State Senate and House of Representatives, also called the Legislature.
The Districting & Apportionment Commission is a body of 5 appointed Montanans who are responsible for drawing our Congressional and Legislative maps based on the input of Montanans. Two of the members are appointed by Legislative Republicans, two of the members are appointed by Legislative Democrats, and the final member is appointed by the Montana Supreme Court.
At the start of the districting process, the Commission adopts criterion that helps guide the process of districting. You can find the criterion that the Commission adopted here.
How can I see the maps that are being considered?
When will the maps go into effect?
The Congressional map will go into effect in 2022 and the Legislative map will go into effect in 2024.