|To the Editor: Government won’t change until fair redistricting is done|
|Written by Joan Callecod|
|Monday, 21 October 2013 09:37|
Many comments are heard that state: 'Representatives' constituents advise them to hold the line, don't cave in'. That is no doubt true and why? Electoral districts are so designed, AKA Gerrymandered, that a majority of the electorate are in one political party and the candidates of that party are "assured" election. The representative hears of only one sentiment from their constituents.
The League of Women Voters of Ohio recently completed a review of the 2012 election entitled "Predictable Results." They found that the pre-election Political Index, which shows the number of voters favoring a political party within a district based upon voting history in recent elections, correctly projected the winner in 97 of 99 Ohio State House contests. In the US Congress, Republicans won 75% of the Ohio Congressional offices and the Democrats 25% even though the state wide contests were 51% Republican and 49% Democratic.
The report concludes: "The difference of 24% (Federal Congressional election) represents a high level of disproportionality in the level of representation versus the overall strength of candidates with the state wide electorate."
Until redistricting following the decennial census is completed on a non-partisan basis, intransigent Representatives will continue to result in a non-functioning Congress.
Co-chair Redistricting Committee, BG League of Women Voters
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