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Group hopes to put commission-creating law before voters

Published: Tuesday, April 21 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Give Me A Break

Neutrality is a fiction. Democrats are just as partisan in their desires about redistricting. Ed Mayne was a classic example.

Bart Grant

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 done!

Common sense

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.

Let's govern from the middle

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.

La La Land

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.

Proportional representation

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.

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