Thursday, June 23, 2005

Momentum Builds for Redestricting Reform

Representative Zach Wamp (R-TN) has become the first Republican to sign onto a redistricting bill currently circulating through the House.

“Too many Congressional districts have been carefully designed to guarantee victory for one political party or another,” said Wamp. “As the political lines become more skewed, successful candidates are increasingly more interested in political rhetoric than solutions and serving the public.”

The bill would require states to use independent, bi-partisan commissions when redrawing voter districts for congressional elections. Such a measure would hopefully go a long way to returning competitiveness back to House elections. Right now, districts are gerrymandered along ideological lines so that seats are incredibly “safe” and, consequently, Representatives can pander to their bases with impunity.

Representatives are now choosing their voters. It’s time to let voters start choosing their representatives again.

We at The Yellow Line whole-heartedly support this legislation and hope more Republicans and Democrats sign on. Real choice is real democracy.

Thanks the Charging RINO for the tip on this story.


At 12:15 AM, Blogger Ted Carmichael said...

Man, I sure hope that passes.


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