Another Call for Redistricting Reform
One of the most pressing domestic issues facing our nation is the need for redistricting reform. Because of rampant gerrymandering, there are now very few competitive elections for seats in The U.S. House of Representatives or in state legislatures across the nation. Competition ensures that the changing needs and desires of the people continue to be well represented. Right now, the system is geared for the needs of the incumbents rather than the voters.
Writing for Blueprint Magazine, the president for policy at the Democratic Leadership Council, Ed Kilgore, argues that reform is needed now.
[S]elf-interested legislators … are entrenching partisan control by gerrymandering safe districts for incumbents. In other words, politicians are choosing voters, rather than voters choosing politicians. By reducing the number of truly competitive districts, gerrymandering also tends to disenfranchise independent voters and increase the power of the ideological extremes in both parties. It thus contributes to the ever-growing and ever more toxic partisan and ideological polarization of American politics..
Kilgore goes on to lay out possible methods for creating more competitive districts and ends by calling on all Democrats to make redistricting reform part on the a broader Democratic reform movement.
Well, redistricting reform is already a key component in the Centrist reform movement and we are quite pleased that the Centrist-leaning DLC is calling for action on this important issue.
We question all the time how Democrats can win back support from moderates and Centrists. Embracing this issue would certainly be a positive step toward achieving that goal.