A coalition of more than 20 groups that includes Common Cause of Rhode Island has written to the legislative redistricting commission to press its demands for maximizing public input in the decennial redrawing of state legislative district.

The coalition says the redistricting process should feature robust debate and public participation, with statewide meetings accessible in multiple languages, in person and online. The group also wants the public to be invited to submit its own redistricting maps and for the legislative redistricting commission to share the data used to make its maps.

Redistricting takes place every 10 years based on the U.S. Census. The redrawing of legislative districts has often been used to reward friends and punish enemies of top lawmakers.

In a statement, the coalition said, "A fair redistricting process would be bipartisan, transparent, and would include multiple opportunities for robust public engagement before and after proposed maps are drawn. A fair process would mean elected officials would not be allowed to cherry-pick their voters and would instead give voters the power to choose their leaders, requiring the politicians to earn every vote in every corner of the state."

There was no immediate response from the Statehouse, although House Speaker Joe Shekarchi has said he supports a fair and open process.

The legislative redistricting commission is set to hold its first meeting Thursday.