Group hopes to put commission-creating law before voters
Single-members districts are inherently unfair.British Columbia will
vote on May 12, 2009 whether to replace its single-member districts with a
proportional electoral system using a method called Single Transferable
Voting.It will be interesting to see what voters there decide.
Whomever believes that there is anytyhing like a "neutral" redistricting plan is
truly delusional. There is ALWAYS politics at some level in political
subdividing. To say otherwise is like saying, there's no drinking that occurs
in the local bar. Redistricting should be left alone to the representatives
charged with voting for a plan. And let the chips fall where they may.
Letting legislatures select their own districts is like letting Wall Street
determine it's own regulation (read: Paulsen) - look where that's gotten us.
Whether you're in CA or MA where Democrats rule, or in UT or ID where the GOP
rules, gerrymandering will happen if you leave this process up the politicians.
It's time to bring in an independent commission - even though it may not be
perfect - it will certainly be better, more transparent and play by rules that
benefit the voters not the politicians.
Common sense says that there is no process that is "neutral". No matter how you
set up the process, you're dealing with people who each have their own bias,
whatever that bias may be.
This is one of the topics that the legislature has a conflict of interest on.
We need to hear from the citizens on this. Should we allow politicians to
continue to gerrymander legislative districts to their own advantage or should
we take the politics out of it and use common sense? It's not a difficult
question, nor is it as complicated as the legislature wants you to think it is.
I believe that the voters in this state are more intelligent than
legislators think they are. This reform is seriously past due. Let's get it
Neutrality is a fiction. Democrats are just as partisan in their desires about
redistricting. Ed Mayne was a classic example.