Last night we joined other Lehigh Valley communities including Lehigh County in adopting a resolution that supports a citizens commission for legislative redistricting. This is a potential solution to address severe gerrymandering issues in our state.
Gerrymandering is when partisan politicians manipulate voting maps to keep themselves in power. When they do this they shape election outcomes before any vote is even cast. Essentially, it’s when politicians choose voters instead of voters choosing their elected officials. The problem has been around for ages, but today with sophisticated data and mapping technologies it’s gotten much worse.
The resolution we passed encourages our state elected officials to enact a bill that would create an independent citizen redistricting commission. This is an essential step toward fair, transparent and accountable elections by removing partisanship from the process.