Fair Representation

A true representative democracy will not be realized until the rules and structures for determining representation are reconfigured to redistribute power to the entire electorate, so that communities choose who represents them. As such, the Foundation invests in redistricting reform to remedy the severe gerrymandering prevalent in Great Lakes states and to identify solutions to other laws that undermine voters’ ability to determine who represents them.

Goal: Representation is determined by the electorate in a fair, transparent, and accountable process.

Objectives:

  • Support adoption and implementation of fair redistricting policies and practices within the Great Lakes states.
    • We will support proactive efforts to achieve reform, as well as implementation in states that have adopted redistricting reform to help them run effectively and to learn from their experiences. We will also support defensive work to push back against gerrymandering and other efforts to draw districts behind closed doors.
  • Identify, assess, and recommend reforms for other laws or policies that undermine voters’ ability to determine who represents them.
    • Redistricting is only one component of representation. There are other structures that stand in the way of voters truly getting to choose who represents them, such as poorly conceived term limits and the Electoral College. This initiative will reach beyond redistricting to assess what other structures undermine voter choice and determine the best ways to correct the problems.
Policy Watch

Fairness in redistricting

Michigan residents have a chance to help craft fairer, more equitable legislative districts, and a coalition of nonprofit organizations is banding together to help community groups take advantage of the opportunity.

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Critical 2020 Census Count Underway

Joyce supporting statewide census outreach efforts across the Great Lakes region, as well as the national Census Counts partnership. Having an accurate census count relates directly to the foundation’s promotion of fair representation and voting rights.

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Want to be the first state to vote? Better make sure you’re ready

Which state should hold the first presidential primary? One that’s most prepared, argues the Joyce Foundation’s democracy program director, Carrie Davis.

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A big day for democracy: Here's a look at the Supreme Court decisions and what's next.

Supreme Court actions reached markedly divergent decisions on two cases: Rucho v. Common Cause and Department of Commerce v. New York. For those of us concerned about the health and inclusivity of our democracy, this is a day of mixed reactions.

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Why the Stakes Are High for Cook County with Supreme Court’s 2020 Census Case

Supreme Court heard arguments on whether a question about citizenship will be allowed on the 2020 Census, and early indicators suggest that the question will stand. If so, Cook County must redouble its efforts to ensure we have a full and complete census.