Sunday, June 17, 2007

Glenn Anderson pushes redistricting reform

From the AP.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan's method of redrawing congressional and legislative districts once every decade could become less partisan under a constitutional amendment proposed in the state Capitol.

State lawmakers now map their own seats and congressional districts after the once-every-ten-years Census, usually favoring themselves and their political parties.

Republican-drawn boundaries from 2001, for example, are a reason the Michigan GOP still has control of the state Senate and nine of 15 U.S. House seats despite the national wave of anti-war, anti-Republican sentiment that propelled Democrats in last year's election.

State Sen. Glenn Anderson, a Democrat from Westland, introduced a measure last week that would turn the power to establish district lines from the partisan Legislature to a nine-member independent redistricting commission.

"I'm not doing it out of anger that we don't have a majority," he said.

While I support redistricting reform, I do not support any commission/retired judges system. This would be not real reform, but simply incumbent protection as is most "bipartisan" redistricting.

I discussed this area awhile back as well. The
best system I can think of takes the politicians out of it completely. It's a computer (a redistricter's best friend) system with limited municipal breaks. Five to ten maps are drawn up with limited breaks. The winning map is chosen at random. It's the closest thing to "nonbiased" redistricting as we can get.

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