The Commission

What makes a citizens redistricting commission independent?

A truly independent redistricting commission is one that limits the direct participation of elected officials. Screening for bias and conflict of interest safeguards the independence of commission members. Typical selection criteria exclude current or recently elected or appointed officials, lobbyists, political party officials and paid staff, and their families.

Having researched other commissions in other states and read up on best practices, FDPA recommends this selection process:

Selection Process

  1. Voters Apply
    Open application is available to all registered voters
  2. Collect & Verify
    Secretary of Commonwealth (SoC) verifies that each applicant meets the qualifications
  3. Pools of Qualified Applicants
    SoC separates qualified applicants into three pools: Republican, Democrat and unaffiliated or third-party voters
  4. Applicants Randomly Selected
    SoC selects 120 candidates, 40 from each pool, using a weighted selection process to ensure racial, gender, and demographic diversity
  5. Strikes by Each Party
    Republican and Democratic party leaders can each remove up to two applicants from each pool (no more than six total)
  6. Final Random Selection
    SoC selects from pools: 4 Republicans, 4 Democrats, and 3 unaffiliated or third-party commissioners

Not sure how a random selection process would work? Here’s some background: Qualified, Diverse and Random.

Who can serve?

Commission Members



While serving and for at least three years after, commissioners can’t:

While serving and for at least five years after, commissioners and spouses can’t:

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