Please contact Chairperson Vogel, or a Senate Privileges & Elections Committee member of whom you are a constituent, to support SJ274.
Dear Senator Vogel,
Please support SJ274 which provides for an independent citizen commission to establish district boundaries following the decennial census. The process gives legislators control over who serves on the commission but not control over drawing the lines. This will increase voter confidence, representation and participation.
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Status: The amendment has been sent to the Senate P&E Committee and will be considered on Tuesday, January 22. The committee meets 15 minutes after adjournment of Senate floor session.
Justification: Voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around. The drawing of district lines following a decennial (every ten years) census should be done by an independent, citizen commission rather than by politicians who have a vested interest in the outcome.
- We need a constitutional amendment that cannot be easily changed by the next legislature.
- An Independent Citizen Commission should be established that is: politically balanced and independent, not composed of elected officials, representative of the geographical distribution of the state, representative of the demographic diversity of the state, and have an uneven number of members.
- Districts should be: of equal population, contiguous and compact, protect the voting strength of minority groups, consider natural geographic boundaries, consider jurisdictional boundaries, consider communities of interest, and be competitive.
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