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senate Bill S. 2226

Should States Be Required to Have Independent, Bipartisan Redistricting Commissions?

Argument in favor

Gerrymandering has resulted in unfair, less competitive districts that don’t properly reflect constituents’ views. Independent redistricting committees are more likely than partisan politicians to create balanced districts will make it harder for bad politicians whose constituents don’t agree with their views to stay in office. This in turn will lead to more representative government.

jimK's Opinion
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09/14/2019
Gerrymandering is evil and should be stopped. Look at the districting in many states that have have incredibly distorted districts that are wrapped around into mathematically indescribable shapes just to encapsulate population according to political belief’s driven by race, religion, economic “class”, or just plain wealth. Many have been proven designed for the sole purpose of enabling electoral college voting that favors one or other political party. Moreover the grouping of voters with like interests into districts gives elected officials less reason to focus on the common good instead of just the specific needs of their designed-to-be polarized groups. They also provide secure feeding grounds which allow Congressional dinosaurs to thrive and hold lifetime positions without having to continually earn the votes of a more representative cross section of voters. I sincerely believe that our founders would never have tolerated political tricksterism like gerrymandering. Even though districting is a state function, it effects the national interest to ensure that elections are unbiased and that all people are represented equally. I strongly endorse this legislation as an insurance policy to protect what is good about our democracy- and to eliminate the corrupting influence of representing the ‘chosen’ instead the ‘all’. Winning the game at all costs is much less important than playing the game fairly over the long term.
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davidf's Opinion
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09/14/2019
Gerrymandering has reached a point in much of this country that legislators and Congresspersons now choose their voters rather than the voters choosing their legislators and Congressmembers. This defeats the whole purpose of the political process and is part of why we have the polarization we have today. Ethics and integrity are not typically characteristics of most politicians. Most are interested only in raw power, and gerrymandering, especially extreme gerrymandering, is part of that greed. Those in power will not willingly give it up, witness the ongoing refusal to comply with law by the DOJ, the Trump White House, Moscow Mitch’s refusal to comply with his Constitutional responsibilities when Obama was in office, his refusal to advance bills passed by the House. The Republican Party does not have the wisdom, honesty, integrity, or good judgment to pass this bill. Still, it needs to be introduced and supported.
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Tommy's Opinion
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09/14/2019
Jerry meandering is a curse upon the land. PASS THIS LAW AND OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED
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Argument opposed

Redistricting is a fundamental duty of state legislators. Taking this responsibility away from the legislature, and giving it to unelected officials, makes the process unaccountable to voters. Additionally, given the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that federal courts aren’t able to intervene in political gerrymandering disputes, the provisions of this bill relating to challenging redistricting plans in federal court don’t make sense.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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09/14/2019
👎🏻👎🏻 S.2226 AKA the Redistricting Reform Act of 2019 👎🏻👎🏻 I’m in opposition and don’t recommend the passage of the Democratic Senate Bill .S.2226 AKA the Redistricting Reform Act of 2019 which would require states to establish independent, bipartisan redistricting commissions (referred to as Independent Redistricting Commissions, or IRCs) to draw fair statewide district maps after each decennial census. It would also set parameters for the creation of such commissions; establish eligibility requirements to prevent conflicts of interest to ensure members of the commissions aren’t lobbyists, political donors, or party operatives; and require commissions to operate transparently and reflect their states’ respective diverse populations.  Redistricting is a fundamental duty of state legislators. Taking this responsibility away from the legislature, and giving it to unelected officials, makes the process unaccountable to voters. Additionally, given the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that federal courts aren’t able to intervene in political gerrymandering disputes, the provisions of this bill relating to challenging redistricting plans in federal court don’t make sense. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻IRC’s👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 9.14.19
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ManfromNebraska's Opinion
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09/15/2019
Democrats want to change everything about voting to sway things their way! Don’t trust them!
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Darlene's Opinion
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09/14/2019
This issue belongs to the states. We are electing governmental officials. Congress should stick to the issues at hand and quit trying to restrict or usurp others authorities and responsibility. Going back to giving yourselves unearned raises is preferable to this.
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      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJuly 23rd, 2019
    Gerrymandering is evil and should be stopped. Look at the districting in many states that have have incredibly distorted districts that are wrapped around into mathematically indescribable shapes just to encapsulate population according to political belief’s driven by race, religion, economic “class”, or just plain wealth. Many have been proven designed for the sole purpose of enabling electoral college voting that favors one or other political party. Moreover the grouping of voters with like interests into districts gives elected officials less reason to focus on the common good instead of just the specific needs of their designed-to-be polarized groups. They also provide secure feeding grounds which allow Congressional dinosaurs to thrive and hold lifetime positions without having to continually earn the votes of a more representative cross section of voters. I sincerely believe that our founders would never have tolerated political tricksterism like gerrymandering. Even though districting is a state function, it effects the national interest to ensure that elections are unbiased and that all people are represented equally. I strongly endorse this legislation as an insurance policy to protect what is good about our democracy- and to eliminate the corrupting influence of representing the ‘chosen’ instead the ‘all’. Winning the game at all costs is much less important than playing the game fairly over the long term.
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    👎🏻👎🏻 S.2226 AKA the Redistricting Reform Act of 2019 👎🏻👎🏻 I’m in opposition and don’t recommend the passage of the Democratic Senate Bill .S.2226 AKA the Redistricting Reform Act of 2019 which would require states to establish independent, bipartisan redistricting commissions (referred to as Independent Redistricting Commissions, or IRCs) to draw fair statewide district maps after each decennial census. It would also set parameters for the creation of such commissions; establish eligibility requirements to prevent conflicts of interest to ensure members of the commissions aren’t lobbyists, political donors, or party operatives; and require commissions to operate transparently and reflect their states’ respective diverse populations.  Redistricting is a fundamental duty of state legislators. Taking this responsibility away from the legislature, and giving it to unelected officials, makes the process unaccountable to voters. Additionally, given the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that federal courts aren’t able to intervene in political gerrymandering disputes, the provisions of this bill relating to challenging redistricting plans in federal court don’t make sense. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻IRC’s👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 9.14.19
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    Gerrymandering has reached a point in much of this country that legislators and Congresspersons now choose their voters rather than the voters choosing their legislators and Congressmembers. This defeats the whole purpose of the political process and is part of why we have the polarization we have today. Ethics and integrity are not typically characteristics of most politicians. Most are interested only in raw power, and gerrymandering, especially extreme gerrymandering, is part of that greed. Those in power will not willingly give it up, witness the ongoing refusal to comply with law by the DOJ, the Trump White House, Moscow Mitch’s refusal to comply with his Constitutional responsibilities when Obama was in office, his refusal to advance bills passed by the House. The Republican Party does not have the wisdom, honesty, integrity, or good judgment to pass this bill. Still, it needs to be introduced and supported.
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    Jerry meandering is a curse upon the land. PASS THIS LAW AND OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED
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    Yes. absolutely. Support Amy Klobuchar’s bill for fair re districting processes.
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    It will take the shenanigans out of the district game. It will also allow our representatives to focus on representing their constituents instead of how to game the voting system.
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    YES YES YES YES!!! End gerrymandering FOR GOOD!!! Voter should pick the politicians not politicians picking their voters!!!
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    Gerrymandering has resulted in unfair, less competitive districts that don’t properly reflect constituents’ views. Independent redistricting committees are more likely than partisan politicians to create balanced districts will make it harder for bad politicians whose constituents don’t agree with their views to stay in office. This in turn will lead to more representative government.
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    I am sick of the gerrymandering mess.
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    All people’s votes should count equally.
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    When I board a plane, I want to know the pilot got their license through rigorous training and demonstration of aptitude. It’s like that with politics. I want our laws being shaped by individuals who have demonstrated that they can win a fair election, that their ideas are more in line with the will of the people who live and work, and raise families where I do. I don’t want our laws being shaped by leaders who had to cheat in order to win. I’m not sure why anybody would want that. If you won a game of chess but started with 5 queens, are you really good at chess, or are you just a cheater? In a representative democracy like America, it only works if it’s fair. That should be paramount.
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    Absolutely. Long needed!!!!
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    People should choose the politicians not the other way around.
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    Of course!
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    This should not even be a question. Stop it EVERYWHERE it exists, BEFORE the next ELECTION! SUPREME COURT PUT ON YOUR BIG BOY/GIRL PANTIES AND DO WHAT YOU KNOW YOUR OATH REQUIRES YOU TO DO. Make our elections truly free from political partisanship. NoHedges, exactly what I’ve believed for a LONG time now. No parties. Would end gerrymandering in seconds. Just one pot for the most healthy, knowledgeable, educated people who choose to run. Split evenly among all candidates. Other details we can work out later. Best person wins. We ALL win.
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    I’m not sure if this is the answer, but what is happening with districts being manipulated to favor candidates has to stop. If you have to draw and redraw voting districts to favor a candidate (call me crazy), but maybe that candidate shouldn’t be running.
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    Stop gerrymandering! We need a government that represents the people, not rigged elections to favor a party!
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    Legislatures who are in charge of districting have a conflict of interest. Ideally Impartial, nonpartisan committees should do this. Since gerrymandering is such a serious and hard to mitigate issue we should use the popular vote to determine the winner. The popular vote is really the only fair way to go anyway; every person is represented.
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    I support S 2226 to take the drawing of electoral districts out of the political process and put it in the hands of non- political commissions. Gerrymandering loads the political process unfairly even before a vote is cast. It's a cowardly attempt to win elections.
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    Neither side can seem to do it fairly when they have the power. Make it as neutral as possible!
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