posted on Jan, 17 2013 @ 12:22 AM
I say it's about damn time. However, how exactly would this be implemented? That's the real question.
After this most recent Census numerous Republican controlled states went through drastic gerrymandering (and they still managed to lose House and
Senate seats). Had they not, they would have lost even more. And I'm not saying Democrats don't do this as well. I will however say that quite often
the Democratic tactic is essentially forcing Republican held districts into each other while Republican tactics are to marginalize minority votes.
This has played out just a couple of years ago.
Here in Illinois some of the redistricting was really peculiar. Some would have made no difference at all, while others actually went the opposite way
and, frankly, I can't figure why they did what they did. For instance, the 10th and 11th districts were won by Democrats and they had been
gerrymandered to include larger portions of strongly blue Cook County. In the 10th district, which is largely Lake County, (D) Schneider won by 1%.
But he likely would have won either way. In the 11th, which is largely Will County, (D) Foster won by nearly 19% which made the redistricting
pointless anyway. However, the 12th, 13th and 15th districts split up the very blue East St. Louis region. The 12th went to (D) Enyart by nearly 9%
which had the sliver right on the Missouri border including East St. Louis. The 13th and 15th went red, but the problem with the redistricting lies in
the fact that some of the Democratic votes that could have been in the 13th ended up in the 15th. The 15th is very rural and heavily Republican (my
fathers family is from there in Hardin County) and was won by (R) Shimkus by about 37%. The 13th was won by (R) Davis by a miniscule 0.4% (around
1,100 votes). Had they not gerrymandered for gerrymandering's sake they may have managed to keep 1,100+ of the 92,000 votes in the 13th.
Did I just write all that? Anyway, I just want to know what guidelines, rules, what-have-you, would these councils work with? What sort of legislation
could impartially and fairly distribute votes over districts? How would it not end up business as usual, just working in a new way? There desperately
needs to be reform but this has to take the long view. It can't just be some sort of short term political tactic that eventually blows up in
...that's my sleep-deprived opinion anyway.