Re­dis­trict­ing should bring dis­parate groups to­gether

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NEWS -

While I re­gret the con­tin­ued par­ti­tion of Anne Arun­del County into four sep­a­rate con­gres­sional districts, I con­cur with Dan Ro­dricks’ view that con­gres­sional re­dis­trict­ing across the coun­try has helped cre­ate leg­isla­tive grid­lock and po­lit­i­cal seg­re­ga­tion (“Sur­pris­ing ben­e­fit of re­dis­trict­ing: di­ver­sity,” Oct. 18).

While elected of­fi­cials like Rep. Donna F. Edwards be­moan their own po­lit­i­cal for­tunes, hav­ing districts with vot­ers of dif­fer­ing view­points and ide­olo­gies of­fers a greater op­por­tu­nity for less po­lar­ized rep­re­sen­ta­tion in­ter­ested in bi­par­ti­san com­pro­mise.

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