Posted on February 21, 2005As national attention turns to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to replace the state's partisan gerrymandering system with an independent redistricting commission, FairVote seeks to highlight beneficial elements of the plan, as well as ways to improve upon it.
We applaud the governor for highlighting no-choice elections in California and hope to broaden the discussion to include additional considerations -- indeed we need far more action on reforming redistricting in Congress and in states around the nation.
Over time we have consistently backed non-partisan
redistricting criteria, but we believe the process should not end
there, as competitive races and increased representation of women and
communities of color requires more than just a neutral line-drawing