Don’t leave redistribution in the hands of politicians | Editorials

Don't leave redistribution in the hands of politicians |  Editorials

The redistribution process – conducted every 10 years after the US census – must be as fair and impartial as possible. This is why it is so painful to learn that House Speaker Brian Egolf is against the creation of an independent commission that will attract legislative and congressional districts, among others.

New maps will be created in 2021 in New Mexico and across the country, as required by the Constitution. Too often the process is unfair and too political, designed to prevent constituencies from having a say – or to build an impenetrable wall of political power.

The legislature is expected to approve the proposal to create a non-partisan commission to design districts for the State House, Senate, Public Education Commission and seats in Congress.

We need it in New Mexico and across the country. That was our position in 2015, after the Supreme Court ruled that the Arizona Redistribution Commission was constitutional. This remains our position today.

A less political redistribution process will ensure that incumbents cannot draw lines to assert their advantages and that the ruling party does not create districts to reduce the strength of their opponents. A fair process also reduces the likelihood of costly lawsuits – challenges to redistribution plans cost millions – and means courts don’t pull the…

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