There is an amazing post on Daily Kos outlining how a California style non partisan redistricting commission would’ve allocated districts across the country. For what it’s worth, Massachusetts did a pretty good job this round and was only slightly modified. The standards include full compliance with the VRA, keeping towns and county borders intact, avoiding water based borders at all cost, and putting similar demographics into the same district. It is still as much of an art as a science, but instead of serving as an incumbent protection racket or conservative power grab it serves to better represent us. Using this process, Democrats definitely lose some seats in Illinois, but generally gain significantly in OH, PA, NJ, WI, and CO. More importantly the popular vote for Congressional candidates, which was solidly Democratic would actually yield a Democratic majority under this proposal. As the poster suggests, progressive should start pushing for this using ballot initiatives in several states. Independents should get on board with this, Republicans in the rare states where they were on the losing end (IL) and good government groups as well. One could see Michael Bloomberg backing this as well. What are your thoughts?
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