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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-08 02:19 PM
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29. Time to target gerrymandering (PA)
If there is any energy left in the reform movement following the pay raise outrage several years ago, redistricting of election districts is a matter worth considering. Every state has this problem.

The state legislators, Pennsylvania General Assembly included, have the constitutional prerogative to change election districts. When this is done with the aim of maintaining party control, it is known as gerrymandering. You can look this up.

On Nov. 4, California voters under their referendum prerogative voted to remove redistricting from the hands of the state legislators and to invest it in the hands of rationally chosen commission members. Votes are still being counted.

Both political parties are guilty of transgression. That Pennsylvania legislators will voluntarily relinquish redistricting prerogatives is highly unlikely. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania voters referendum prerogatives are meager. There was in the school property-tax reform act recently a slight referendum option. For some civic-minded or reform-minded group, reform of the redistricting procedure is a cause worth seizing upon.

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