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house Bill H.R. 44

Should States Only Redistrict Once Per Census?

Argument in favor

Ensuring that legislative districts are only redrawn after the Census would protect redistricting processes from being manipulated for political gain through extreme partisan gerrymandering. This would protect voters’ interests and help ensure that congressional districts are competitive and representative.

Ken's Opinion
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01/21/2019
There are those that say that the natural proccess will work itself out. Our future of fair elections depends on fair geographical boundaries that don't promote division but promote an equal voice. If all are created equal then gerrymanding from any party is wrong.
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Wilson's Opinion
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01/21/2019
Let’s be fair. Voting is meant to give people a voice. Gerrymandering undermines this process and allows minority opinions to dominate the rest of us. It needs to stop.
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Craig 's Opinion
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01/21/2019
In my opinion, States should only be redistricted when the census is done. In addition, it should be done by an impartial Agency.
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Argument opposed

Given that redistricting is costly, time-consuming, and sometimes politically contentious, it’s unlikely that most states will redraw district lines more than once per census. Additionally, given that this bill has already failed in two Congresses, there’s no reason to believe it’ll pass now.

Thomas's Opinion
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01/21/2019
The concept is good, but it should be part of a bundle of more comprehensive points that take partisanship out of the mix. Non partisan commissions should have the responsibility to do all redistribution of voting districts. I don’t want a one per Census law used to lock in partisan gerrymandering for a decade at a time.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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01/21/2019
I understand what the bill is trying to get at, I just think it’s addressing the wrong problem. We could redistrict twice a month if the process was FAIR. Partisan gerrymandering is the issue. Address the issue directly. Redistricting should be a boring computational routine. Plug data in program. Program divides state populations evenly into compact polygonal districts that average six or fewer sides using k-means to get balanced centroidal power diagrams. Lo, Fair redistricting. No drama, no partisan politics. We just need the Supreme Court to find a metric by which to judge whether partisan gerrymandering is sufficient to deem maps unconstitutional. Then we can use computational approaches that are blind to political matters. And even if algorithms don't end up drawing the districts themselves, they could provide a standard against which districts are judged to see if gerrymandering has taken place.
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Jennifer 's Opinion
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01/21/2019
Someone needs to inform the Congresswoman that we are NOT a DEMOCRACY...we remain a Constitutional Republic, that is until we lose it. When asked by a woman if we had a Monarchy or a Republic, Benjamin Franklin warned, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” We are on the brink of losing it. And it will be with the aid of uninformed elected officials such as this, that it will happen. 😪
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    There are those that say that the natural proccess will work itself out. Our future of fair elections depends on fair geographical boundaries that don't promote division but promote an equal voice. If all are created equal then gerrymanding from any party is wrong.
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    The concept is good, but it should be part of a bundle of more comprehensive points that take partisanship out of the mix. Non partisan commissions should have the responsibility to do all redistribution of voting districts. I don’t want a one per Census law used to lock in partisan gerrymandering for a decade at a time.
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    Let’s be fair. Voting is meant to give people a voice. Gerrymandering undermines this process and allows minority opinions to dominate the rest of us. It needs to stop.
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    In my opinion, States should only be redistricted when the census is done. In addition, it should be done by an impartial Agency.
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    I understand what the bill is trying to get at, I just think it’s addressing the wrong problem. We could redistrict twice a month if the process was FAIR. Partisan gerrymandering is the issue. Address the issue directly. Redistricting should be a boring computational routine. Plug data in program. Program divides state populations evenly into compact polygonal districts that average six or fewer sides using k-means to get balanced centroidal power diagrams. Lo, Fair redistricting. No drama, no partisan politics. We just need the Supreme Court to find a metric by which to judge whether partisan gerrymandering is sufficient to deem maps unconstitutional. Then we can use computational approaches that are blind to political matters. And even if algorithms don't end up drawing the districts themselves, they could provide a standard against which districts are judged to see if gerrymandering has taken place.
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    Someone needs to inform the Congresswoman that we are NOT a DEMOCRACY...we remain a Constitutional Republic, that is until we lose it. When asked by a woman if we had a Monarchy or a Republic, Benjamin Franklin warned, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” We are on the brink of losing it. And it will be with the aid of uninformed elected officials such as this, that it will happen. 😪
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    Gerrymandering must stop
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    OMG...... HERE GOES MORE DEMOCRATIC MANIPULATION AGAIN. Ensuring that legislative districts are only redrawn after the Census would protect redistricting processes from being manipulated for political gain through extreme partisan gerrymandering. This would protect voters’ interests and help ensure that congressional districts are competitive and representative. As another commentator has accurately stated, and I’m in full agreement with the fact that the Our Constitution already rules on that! Read It And Weep, Democrats, Read It And Weep SneakyPete......... 😲🤔🤔😲. 2^21^19.........
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    Populations change all the time. People are moving out of cities into the burbs and there’s so much new development that ensuring districts are accurately drawn is important to do at least every 2-4 years. Our elected officials need to represent their actual constituents, not where the lines were drawn every 10 years. Yes there are problems with the redistricting process, but they are surmountable to ensure we avoid racist and gerrymandered districts.
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    This is another con job brewed up by Democrats to give them an obvious advantage and silence Republicans and conservative voices. The sponsor is a Democrat that’s all you need to see. The 2020 elections are the goal here with this bill. #MAGA #KeepAmericaGreat
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    Redistributing should only occur to carry out the true principle of democratic representation. Gerrymandering should be strictly prohibited and the Voting Rights Act should be reestablished to fight any attempt to do so. It should also fight efforts to disenfranchise legitimate voters seen as opposition to a dominant political party in charge.
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    Redistricting should be done based on census data and for no other reason. It should ensure every vote counts and that the popular candidates actually win. Moreover, the Voting Rights Act should be restored in full.
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    Wrong question. Redistricting needs to be restricted from political philosophy. Gerrymandering should be illegal.
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    Quit gerrymandering!
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    Stop redistricting and gerrymandering altogether.
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    Our Constitution already rules on that!
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    I understand what the bill is trying to get at, I just think it’s addressing the wrong problem. We could redistrict twice a month if the process was FAIR. Partisan gerrymandering is the issue. Address the issue directly. Redistricting should be a boring computational routine. Plug data in program. Program divides state populations evenly into compact polygonal districts that average six or fewer sides using k-means to get balanced centroidal power diagrams. Lo, Fair redistricting. No drama, no partisan politics. We just need the Supreme Court to deem partisan gerrymandering unconstitutional. Then we can use computational approaches that are blind to political matters. And even if algorithms don't end up drawing the districts themselves, they could provide a standard against which districts are judged to see if gerrymandering has taken place.
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    If the numbers don’t work, change the math..... Stop redistricting altogether. Change how our entire Government functions, so that this archaic model does not exist anymore. Create a new model, based on ethics, in which corporations and wealthy people have no say in any part of Government. Design it to serve the middle class and all others will prosper because of it.
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    Directly address the issue of gerrymandering with something like a nonpartisan commission. This comes at the issue indirectly and could too easily be manipulated.
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    Yes, but this really should be a part of a broader package to protect the voting rights of all Americans. We need to enact same-day registration, automatic registration when you apply for a drivers’ license, early voting, etc.
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