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  •  Citizen's Redistricting Commissions (6+ / 0-)
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    pelagicray, nolagrl, roadbear, bear83, BYw, kevin k

    Wherever possible, referendums to create Citizens Redistricting Commissions or systems like Iowa's ought to be promoted vigorously:

    (from Wikipedia)
    "The Iowa Legislative Services Agency uses computer software to generate a proposed redistricting map, disregarding all factors except population. Although the legislature must still approve the final maps, this process has not been contentious in the past. According to Ed Cook, senior legal analyst with the Legislative Services Agency, "The thing that makes us unique to most states is basically we don't take into account any political information."

    For congressional redistricting, the Iowa Code does not permit redistricting maps to split counties. For state-level redistricting, counties and cities should be split as little as possible. Greater leeway is given in splitting larger counties and cities. State law also mandates that all districts are drawn within one percent of their ideal population. Under the 2010 Census, ideal congressional districts for Iowa would contain 761,589 residents..."

    Approaches like these make for less polarized elections, more actual middle ground between candidates, and in California at least, representatives who actually reflect the demographic makeup.

    "Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards." ~Soren Kierkegaard

    by Beastly Fool on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 05:03:04 PM PST

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    •  Taking redistricting out of the hands (4+ / 0-)

      of politicians is a formidable problem, but one that will happen when voters demand it. How to get both liberals and conservatives outraged by how their votes are distorted by gerrymandering is the key issue.

      They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations ... (2Timothy 4:4-5, New International Vsn.)

      by Two cents from Derwood on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 07:07:22 PM PST

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