Leave Politics Out Of Re-Apportionment Process

The published proposals for legislative re-apportionment continue to promote narrow partisan agendas.   For 20 years I’ve been advocating “let the machines do it”.  — using simple rules having no objective other than proportional (fair) representation.

I’ve published details on my blog: http://mcgowans.org/marty3/ttgl.html#TTGL-30.  Here are the highlights:


Legislative (and Congressional) districts should be drawn in a state by the chief judicial branch (e.g. the state supreme court), whose members are NOT up for [re-]election) in the current cycle, with these caveats:

  • Minimize Gerrymandering by drawing districts with smaller perimeters and as equally populated as the precinct sizes allow.
  • A district is formed by adding precincts, one at a time, to core precincts. Like choosing sides in baseball, each district adds one precinct at a time until they have their full compliment.

There are a few more technical steps on how do deal with districts getting sealed off before they are completely full  The chief idea here is that the objectives of no gerrymandering and equal representation can be easily met  by a non-partisan process.

The key to this process is with smaller perimeters; we’ll avoid the monstrous districts whose only objective is to make a “safe seat” at the expense of fair representation.  I happen to live in NJ’s 7th congressional district; if you’ve looked at its boundary, you can rightfully ask “who is that serving?”

Are our legislators willing to give it a try?  I’m willing to share the complete idea in a public forum.

Marty McGowan

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