• kanenas101

    Every state should do this. It would force both parties better focus on their voters and represent their interests in Congress.

  • Not Stupid

    Are you advocating the California model, professor? I was unclear. You did a great job summarizing the problem and history.

    Frankly, I think the California model is also flawed because you’re still counting on people whom are still expressing those desires or other conflicting desires. I really think one could develop an open-sourced program that ranks factors for redistricting or even randomly ranks them each time including geopolitical boundaries (county, city), zip codes, proximity to major transportation thoroughfares, school districts, etc. It’s still possibly to manipulate said data, but the more factors included and with ranking putting proximity based on existent geopolitical boundaries, would make it much more failproof.

  • abby_adams

    I share the professor’s opinion concerning the excuses we hear from partisans who aren’t concerned about fair representation for voters using childish tactics. Our current district map is a joke with representation that, in many cases, doesn’t care to hear from constituents who don’t share their political point of view. IMHO this only increases apathy among voters who already feel distant from those who govern us. My representative cares more about running for Mikulski’s open seat & pushing the agenda of this one party state rather than taking into consideration the opinions of all the people in her district.

  • Christopher Petty

    This is excellent ! Thank you!

  • Irma Shainberg Sheon

    Thank you for your reasoned discussion. I have worked independently to try to move reform of redistricting to the attention of the general public. Recognition of the problem is virtually unanimous. Beyond that, most people are at a loss to suggest a solution. Now that Maryland has an independent commission, the body has an opportunity to suggest an approach that could serve as a model for states across the country. Think in terms of promoting a national standard for compactness. “States shall redraw congressional legislative districts to reflect equal population in areas with maximum compactness. Some considerations may be allowed for major geographical features. No partisan considerations shall be allowed. Redrawn maps shall be open to public scrutiny and participation.” Let Maryland show that computer algorithms can provide comparison of maps and a fair way to redistrict that would sweep the gerrymander into the dustbin of history.