2010-2020 Racial Equity Legislative Map Comparison

How did we do?

  • The Fair Districts Coalition Unity map succeeded at centering racial equity and fairly representing residents of New Jersey.  
  • The certified 2023 Legislative map made some improvements in centering racial equity: 
    • 17 out of 40 districts are majority people of color (LD 5, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37), up from 15 in the current map. 
    • In getting two new majority districts, there are now only 7 additional influence districts, compared to 8 in the current map. (LD 1, 2, 7, 11, 14, 16, 38). One of the influence districts became a majority district. 
    • People of color have greater influence in 1 additional district compared to the current map. (24 districts over 35% POC in the new map vs. 23 in previous map) 
  • However, did not go as far as we would like in other areas: 
    • There is one majority Black district (LD 28) and one Black plurality district (LD 34), the same as in the current map.  
    • There are two majority Hispanic districts (LD 33 & 35), and two plurality Hispanic districts (LD 20 & 29) the same as in the current map. 
    • There are no Asian plurality districts, the same as it is in the current map, despite the explosive growth of the Asian population in New Jersey. LD 18 remains an Asian influence district, and LD 32 comes close to being a second one. 
  • More concerningly, it went backwards in one specific area: 
    • LD 28 goes from 57% to 72% Black - which really looks like the Black population in the area was "packed". 

State Legislative Unity Map Supporters

The organizations supporting this map include Fair Share Housing Center; Latino Action Network; Latino Coalition of New Jersey; League of Women Voters of New Jersey; Latinas United for Political Empowerment (L.U.P.E.) Fund; NAACP State Conference; the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice; New Jersey Institute for Social Justice; New Jersey League of Conservation Voters; New Jersey Appleseed Public Interest Law Center; New Jersey Working Families; the Palestinian American Community Center; Salvation and Social Justice and Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

State Legislative Unity Map Resources

Adopted State Legislative Map 2022-2030

See the newly adopted map.

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