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The Supreme Court recently postponed ruling on the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering, passing Gill v. Whitford back down to the lower court. Fortunately, states, and voters, have the ability to address the problem of extreme partisan gerrymandering themselves.
A recent policy brief by the Committee for Economic Development shows that using nonpartisan, independent commissions as the entities responsible for drawing district lines takes the power to do so out of the hands of legislators, resulting in unbiased redistricting processes. Establishing these commissions produces fairer, more competitive, and less polarized districts. They resolve the inherent conflicts-of-interest that exist when legislators are responsible for approving their own districts. And they strengthen the voice of voters, improving the accountability and responsiveness of government to citizen views.
Follow the links below for more recommendations to end partisan gerrymandering, along with additional policy and economic insights from CED’s latest work.