Gerrymandering has resulted in unfair, less competitive districts that don’t properly reflect constituents’ views. Independent redistricting committees are more likely than partisan politicians to create balanced districts will make it harder for bad politicians whose constituents don’t agree with their views to stay in office. This in turn will lead to more representative government.
Redistricting is a fundamental duty of state legislators. Taking this responsibility away from the legislature, and giving it to unelected officials, makes the process unaccountable to voters. Additionally, given the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that federal courts aren’t able to intervene in political gerrymandering disputes, the provisions of this bill relating to challenging redistricting plans in federal court don’t make sense.