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We are committed to nonpartisanship and ending gerrymandering in all forms

Who We Are

The nonpartisan Redistricting Data Hub was founded by experts with backgrounds in pioneering redistricting legal cases, the establishment of independent redistricting commissions, and related ballot initiatives in Florida, Arizona and other states.

We believe an effective democracy requires fair representation. Our goal is to provide individuals, civic organizations, and good government groups the data, tools, and knowledge to participate effectively in redistricting processes by learning how to define their communities, provide meaningful public input, recognize gerrymandering, and advocate for fair and legal maps.

The Redistricting Data Hub is a project of the Fair Representation in Redistricting Initiative, a project of New Venture Fund (NVF). NVF has contracted with HaystaqDNA—a political data consulting firm with a track record of success in supporting nonpartisan redistricting—to provide the publicly-available data and services. There is a firewall between the Redistricting Data Hub work and services and any other work provided by HaystaqDNA to any of its other clients.

The Redistricting Data Hub operates as an independent and autonomous project, overseen by the Fair Representation in Redistricting advisory committee. All Redistricting Data Hub employees are fully committed to nonpartisanship and ending gerrymandering in all forms.

What We Do

Publicly available data can be used to define communities, draw maps, identify racial or partisan gerrymanders, and evaluate the fairness and accountability of proposed redistricting plans.

We are working to coordinate and accelerate redistricting data collection efforts at universities around the country, and ensure the necessary data is widely available. We work with redistricting mapping software developers to reduce the costs and increase access to these critical tools. And we are developing training and educational resources that cover why redistricting matters and how and when to use the data and tools we’re providing.

Funding

Funding for the Redistricting Data Hub comes from the Fair Representation in Redistricting Initiative, an initiative developed by a set of foundations, with nonprofit leaders, to support fair and equitable redistricting.

The Initiative includes: 1) support for civic organizations and coalitions in targeted states to advance community-centered redistricting; 2) research and mitigation strategies to promote the continued use of total population for drawing districts; and 3) national support services to enable fair maps across states. The Initiative is guided by a Fair Representation in Redistricting Advisory Committee composed of representatives of the following 18 initiative funders:

  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Bauman Foundation
  • Bernard & Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust
  • California Community Foundation
  • Democracy Fund
  • Ford Foundation
  • Grove Foundation
  • Gund Foundation
  • Joyce Foundation
  • JPB Foundation
  • Mary Reynolds Babcock
  • New York Community Trust
  • Open Society Foundations
  • Resilient Democracy Fund
  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • State Infrastructure Fund
  • Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation

How others are using our data and help desk

Our data is being used to draw legally compliant maps and identify gerrymandering by individuals and organizations in all 50 states. You can also find our data in classrooms and newsrooms across the country, helping people learn and educate others about redistricting.

Our Help Desk supports all these uses of the data, by answering questions, conducting informational research, processing or merging custom datasets, and generating maps.

Have you used our data for a map, analysis, or another cool project? Let us know and send us your work! We’d love to see it!

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Maps

Our data is cited in maps that were submitted to redistricting bodies.

League of Women Voters Monongalia County House of Delegate Districts Concept Map (Census Block view) Prepared by Jing Zhang and Dr. Kenneth C. Martis for League of Women Voters West Virginia Updated August 25, 2021
Public Submission to the West Virginia Legislature Joint Committee on Redistricting
League of Women Voters West Virginia
Primary Election Participation 2020
Primary Election Participation 2020 Durham Neighborhood Compass
Race and County Clusters in North Carolina
Race and County Clusters in North Carolina Districks

Articles and Visualizations

Our data was used by reporters in their coverage of the redistricting process.

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Michigan’s new congressional districts

Resources

Our support team’s resources were cited by groups organizing around promoting fair maps and representation.

What people are saying about us

Ruth Greenwood

Campaign Legal Center

❝ We had around 15 attorneys working on data collection when I was with the Lawyers Committee. It was so much work to collect data that it just couldn’t be done by one person. It is hugely helpful for the RDH to provide this kind of data collection for redistricting and VRA enforcement. It’s a real game-changer. ❞

Jason Kostyk

Virginia Public Access Project

❝ When we first saw RDH, we thought “this is too good to be true?” You’ve got all these data from partners and companies we usually have to pay for. For us, it’s like is this data reliable? When we see companies come out with huge data sets. From our perspective it’s been great to have an organization that we can validate against because the last thing we want to do is put out bad information. It’s going to be a great resource that we can turn to in this cycle ❞

Rebecca Theobald

GeoCivics

❝ I have been trying to make sure that everyone in the redistricting ecosystem understands the fantastic service you are providing. ❞

Jordan Brandt

MA Voter Table

❝ I like the idea that it’s being somewhat professionalized, as a resource we can point to, not a black box. It’s not a partisan trick or secret data, it’s publicly available and we can trust it. That’s a financial intangible but we find it valuable. ❞

Partners

We work with a lot of different groups to help us figure out what data is needed, gather it and validate it for you to use.

Stakeholders

Civil rights organizations and good government groups have spearheaded many of the anti-gerrymandering fights over the years. We regularly consult with representatives from these organizations to make sure we’re providing all the data needed for nonpartisan redistricting.

Our Stakeholder group meets regularly to discuss the latest in redistricting data.

All About Redistricting

All About Redistricting has long been the go-to source for anyone with questions about redistricting lawsuits. If you want to know about the rules in Alabama—or the latest on the Texas redistricting lawsuits progressing through the State and Federal court systems—All About Redistricting (AAR) has the answers. As you visit our state data download pages, you’ll see links directing to the corresponding AAR state page, where you can learn more about the legal side of redistricting.

Data Partners

Our Data Partners are engaged in collecting Precinct Boundary and Election Results data

We’re not alone in seeing the need to make the data necessary for nonpartisan redistricting widely available. Our Data Partners consist of several academic and other groups engaged in data collection.

2021 Advisory Data Council

Our ADC was made up of a prestigious group of academics and redistricting data experts who provided guidance on our data collection and processing efforts during the 2021 redistricting cycle. The last meeting held by the ADC was in December 2021.

Contact Us

The help desk is here for you to answer questions about redistricting data and the redistricting process in your state. They can also help you get your account set up so you can download data.

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