Politics

Democrats Seek To End Gerrymandering Through New Legislation

| by Sean Kelly

Democrats introduced legislation late last month in an effort to end gerrymandering. Gerrymandering refers to the practice of politicians and officials manipulating the boundaries of an electroal constituency so as to favor a particular party or class.

“What we see now is too often a troubling reality in which politicians choose their voters instead of voters picking their elected officials,” California Rep. Zoe Lofgren said. Lofgren, a sponsor of the bill, said enacting the legislation would create “a more transparent electoral process."

According to USA Today, more than half of the states in the country “rely on legislatures to redraw district lines, a process swayed heavily by the party in power at the time of reapportionment,” and because that process is partisan in nature it leads to one party having a electoral advantage.

The legislation, which has 19 co-sponsors, would require states to create a multi-party commission that would focus on redrawing congressional maps.

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The bill is reportedly unlikely to gain support from Republicans, as they control both the House and the Senate.

Sources: USA Today, Reddit

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