About Us

The 25 civic engagement and community organizations that make up the Midwest Democracy Network seek to transform the way electoral district lines are drawn—to make the redistricting process more transparent and open to the public, while ensuring compliance with the Voting Rights Act.

Through the Draw the Line campaign, groups in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin are working together to ensure districts are drawn in a way that is fair, accountable and reflects the diversity of the populace. Each state has its own game-plan to increase transparency of the process, educate the public and inspire participation.

Technical support for state-based efforts is provided by national partners, including the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law and the Public Mapping Project.

For more information, contact:

Janice Thompson
Executive Director
Midwest Democracy Network

Brandon Lee
Communications & Program Coordinator
Midwest Democracy Network

The Draw the Line campaign is supported by the Joyce Foundation’s Money and Politics Program.

We dedicate the campaign to Larry Hansen (1940-2010), Vice President of the Joyce Foundation, who championed the Midwest Democracy Network and collaborative efforts to strengthen democracy and involve citizens in their government.

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