Thursday, April 20, 2006

Legislative districts

The Associated Press reports today on a call for a better way of drawing our legislative districts:
Legislative districts in New York drawn by lawmakers in the majority parties of the Senate and Assembly to protect incumbents are denying fair representation, according to government watchdog groups.

The advocates on Thursday called for an independent commission to shape Senate and Assembly districts before the district lines are redrawn after the 2010 Census.

"With this rigged system, lawmakers are choosing their voters rather than voters choosing their lawmakers," said Rachel Leon of Common Cause.

The rest of the article is here.

This is an important issue, since an independent commission could guarantee elections in which incumbents do not have a pre-determined advantage. Please let your legislators know that you support this idea.