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Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Congress can stop redistricting abuse


Legislation has been introduced in the current Congress that would end partisan redistricting. The proposed legislation, requires “redistricting to be conducted through a plan developed by the independent redistricting commission established in the state, or if such plan is not enacted into law, the redistricting plan selected by the state’s highest court or developed by a U.S. district court.”

Want to make sure that this is the last cycle subject to partisan redistricting? Call your member of Congress and demand action on The John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act (H.R. 453).

In recent posts and interviews I have made clear gerrymandering is used by both parties. I do not see gerrymandering as an issue where one party is busy abusing the process and the other party is simply responding in kind — compelled to defend itself against an enemy will do anything to win. In reality, the simple and unfortunate truth is that both parties eagerly engage in these systemic abuses. Let’s remember, Maryland’s 2nd and 3rd congressional districts have been highlighted as being among the worst gerrymandered in the nation since appearing a decade ago. Republican drawn districts in Texas (or Pennsylvania) are no worse than Democratic drawn districts in Illinois (or Maryland).

The only reason there is so much focus on the GOP this time around is the 2010 midterm elections were so devastating for Democrats that there are very few states where the party has full control over the process — but that hardly means Democrats have clean hands. In fact, Democrats could have prevented all of this.

[Continue reading Todd Eberly’s post at The FreeStater Blog.]

Todd Eberly blogs at The FreeStaterBlog. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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