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Should the redrawing of Congressional districts be controlled by an independent, non-partisan commission?

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Gerrymandering Poll Results for Republican

Yes

90,521 votes

77%

No

27,164 votes

23%

Distribution of answers submitted by Republicans.

3 Yes answers
3 No answers
0 overlapping answers

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Currently, the redistricting of congressional boundaries is controlled by state legislature every ten years. Gerrymandering is the redrawing of districts with the intent of benefiting a political party. It is most often implemented by state political parties with the intent of marginalizing districts of voters who represent the minority party. To gain extra seats, the incumbent party will redraw voting districts so that voters of the minority party will be grouped into smaller districts with less seats. Critics of gerrymandering say these practices allow incumbent representatives to choose their voters instead of voters choosing them. Proponents say that drawing districts is a privilege of the ruling party and have little effect on the popularity of their policies or candidates.  See recent gerrymandering news

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It should be done by a non partisan computer generated program that takes into account only the necessary municipal and population to draw a fair district. Political registration numbers shouldn't be available for use in the program. 6mons ago from a Republican in Quentin, PA.

Districts should be drawn strictly by mathematics and not by use of any partisan or demographic information other than voting population. 6mons ago from a Republican in Chesapeake Beach, MD.

No, Gerrymandering is a problem, but no commission can ever be truly non-partisan. At least having the redrawing of districts determined by elected officials provides the public a means of redress if it becomes sufficiently troublesome. 6mons ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS.

Have different states redraw the districts. Example: Florida studies and redraws the districts in the state of Nebraska. You can't get to much more non-partisan than that. 6mons ago from a Republican in Goldsboro, NC.

Who's to call the commission non-partisan??? Honestly it will be another corrupt group making decisions to benefit another overpaid politician...Gerrymandering needs to be eliminated, at the same time we need to revisit our own constitution and do away with the bullshit parlor games; lets stop the self-implosion. 6mons ago from a Republican in Poway, CA.

Generally, Gerrymandering gives an unfair advantage to the party in power during redistricting, but the same could be said of the appointees to a commission as well. My only, highly impractical alternative would be assigning citizens of a state to a particular congressional district at random, rather than by geographical area. This would ensure that all citizens of that state were represented equally, rather than by gerrymandered districts. 6mons ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS.

No, because it would be impossible for a so-called "non-partisan" commission to be completely unbiased politically, especially considering it would need to be chosen or created by members of a political party in power. Since most states experience a sway of political momentum, redrawing of districts tends to even out over time in terms of how advantageous it is to one party or another retaining power long term. 6mons ago from a Republican in Swartz Creek, MI.

Yes, and they should make districts square and uniform so that elections are (could be) fair. 6mons ago from a Republican in Anchorage, AK.

Let the states decide how they want to divide their own districts, and let the divisions allowed be based on population with each state having a minimum and maximum number of Congressmen/women with the number being based upon the solvency of the economy of each State. If a state is not solvent, they should not be allowed to have equal representation in the governing decision process. 6mons ago from a Republican in Wichita, KS.

Yes . No more Gerrymandering for unfair advantage by party in power during redistributing Andy it should be done by a multi - member, proportionally selected for redistricting. 6mons ago from a Republican in Spring Valley, NY.

Congressional districts should be drawn with straight parallel lines running coast-to-coast and border to border. Spacing between lines could be varied but nothing else. 6mons ago from a Republican in Colorado Springs, CO.

Congressional numbers are created by the increase/decreased of voting populations. Therefore, a simple program of following population densities by dividing those districts that have growth and enlarging those districts which have population reductions so all districts have equal numbers!. 6mons ago from a Republican in Riverdale, GA.

Independent, non-partisan commissions do not and cannot exist. To claim otherwise is to deny everything we know to be true about human nature. Write a computer program that draws districts based on total population only. No issues such as race, socio-economic stratum, or political affiliation should be considered. 6mons ago from a Republican in Alva, OK.

It should be restructured in a way that leads to decreased spending. 6mons ago from a Republican in Timnath, CO.

Districts should be drawn by geography!!. 6mons ago from a Republican in Parkville, MD.

Yes, but there is not such thing as non partisan or independent. 6mons ago from a Republican in Pasadena, MD.

It should be that for every so many citizens there is a representative across the entire country by state. If there is not enough but close for an additional rep for any state, it should have a min and max as defined by a national vote. 6mons ago from a Republican in Mount Wolf, PA.

It shouldn't be allowed that districts be redrawn for political means at all. 6mons ago from a Republican in Barrington, IL.

It will NEVER be fair. Every human has a political sway regardless if they are "labeled" non-partisan. 6mons ago from a Republican in Chambersburg, PA.

Draw the district one time and never redraw it. Have a drawing to draw the district lines. 6mons ago from a Republican in Charlotte, NC.

Should be a random citizen group selected like Jury Duty. 6mons ago from a Republican in Rensselaer, NY.

Yes, assuming it is comprised of a truly non-partisan commission and the commission is forced to break their own "ties" and it does not allow for an appeal process outside of that venue, (which would likely make it unconstitutional). 6mons ago from a Republican in Portland, OR.

There never has been, and never can be a non-partisan commission or group. Let each legislature draw and redraw, but no more than once per year. 6mons ago from a Republican in Kennedale, TX.

Insist that the districts be both geographically coherent and interests homogeneous (don't mix cities and rural areas, if possible), If part is ranching and part id]\s farming, two districts might be best choice--one of each. 6mons ago from a Republican in La Vista, NE.

Any commission would be corruptible. Every congressional district map needs to be approved by the state electorate in a general election. 6mons ago from a Republican in Columbia, MD.

Vote according to county boundaries. Political power should not be based on race or gender. We have county and state boundaries based upon past political power. Leave it alone. Majority rules. 6mons ago from a Republican in Charleston, WV.

Redraw districts to maximize area and minimize perimeter. districts must be continuous. Randomly choose one of the corners of the state to start from each redistricting period. 6mons ago from a Republican in Oklahoma City, OK.

How would you know it is non-partisan? Things like this have been done before and partisanship always comes into play, because in the end people are individuals and have opinions. 6mons ago from a Republican in Hanover, MD.

The majority party should be allowed to redraw congressional districts, but only by keeping an entire county intact, or dividing a county in half either north-south or east-west along the geographic middle of the county, and congressional districts that contain multiple counties or partial counties must all be connected. 7mons ago from a Republican in Bucyrus, OH.

No, allow the local citizens to vote on the newly formed boundaries. 7mons ago from a Republican in Redmond, WA.

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