Talk of the Nation had a bit yesterday about the two redistricting ballot initiaves in
Redistricting is a big deal, and is one of the main reasons why there’s so little turnover (and thus accountability) in federal and state governments.
It would do much to end gerrymandered districts in both of these states. Ohio is one of the top three gerrymandered states (along with Pennsylvania and Michigan), and passing a ballot measure like the one up for a vote would do a lot to increase democratic (and Democratic) representation in the House.
Unfortunately, neither measure is polling well. According to the MPR guy (Rob Richie, who runs the Center for Voting and Democracy), the plan is falling victim to its own complexity. Apparently the This emphasis makes proposed districts very complex.
This emphasis makes proposed districts very complex.
The discussion seemed to suggest that there was no good way to deal with redistricting, though apparently
Everyone who knows anything about the issue knows that the real answer is proportional representation. The MPR guy even mentioned that
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: proportional representation will save our democracy.