Posted on May 24, 2005Congressman John Tanner (D - Tennessee) was joined by FairVote's John Anderson and Ryan O'Donnell at a recent press conference to announce the introduction of Tanner's Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act.
The bill would require state legislatures to establish independent commissions who would use neutral criteria in drawing district boundaries. It would also ensure that redistricting is conducted only once every ten years.
FairVote has hailed the bill not only as a means to strip partisan politics from the redistricting process, but also as a step towards fair universal standards for elections administration in general.
[ Read an Anderson article on the current state of redistricting ]
[ Read about H.R. 2642 on Thomas ]