Tell leg­is­la­tors to put an end to ger­ry­man­der­ing

The Morning Call - - TOWN SQUARE -

Writ­ing about ger­ry­man­der­ing for The Wash­ing­ton Post on Sept. 9, for­mer Repub­li­can Gov. Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger warned: “All of this is bad for democ­racy … All Amer­i­cans, re­gard­less of party, ought to be out­raged over the way it de­bases free elec­tions and fair re­sults.”

The non­par­ti­san Redis­trict­ing Re­form Com­mis­sion ap­pointed by Gov. Wolf learned Penn­syl­va­ni­ans are out­raged over ger­ry­man­der­ing. Ac­cord­ing to the com­mis­sion, the pub­lic ex­pressed the fol­low­ing con­cerns:

1. Politi­cians abuse their power when cre­at­ing dis­trict maps.

2. They do so by ma­nip­u­lat­ing the redis­trict­ing process in their fa­vor.

3. They do so out of the pub­lic view.

At the polls and at com­mu­nity fairs/fes­ti­vals, thou­sands of Le­high Val­ley res­i­dents voiced sim­i­lar con­cerns and signed the Fair Districts PA pe­ti­tion in sup­port of the cre­ation of an in­de­pen­dent cit­i­zens redis­trict­ing com­mis­sion.

We have a chance on Sept. 18 to let the House State Gov­ern­ment Com­mit­tee know that an in­de­pen­dent cit­i­zens redis­trict­ing com­mis­sion must be in­cluded in any redis­trict­ing re­form leg­is­la­tion. You can help — at­tend the hear­ing, write a let­ter to the edi­tor, or write/visit your leg­is­la­tor and tell them that politi­cians must cease pick­ing their vot­ers.

Rochelle K. Ka­plan Weisen­berg Township

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