Last week, three ‘good government’ groups launched a campaign to convince voters to reject a proposed constitutional amendment that will change the way congressional and state legislative districts are drawn in the state. (Read their report here.)
The proposed redistricting amendment will be on the general election ballot in November. If approved, it would take effect in 2022, when legislative lines will again be drawn following the 2020 United States Census. It would create a new panel tasked with redrawing districts for state lawmakers and congressional members every 10 years. Instead of allowing state lawmakers to draw their own lines, as is currently the case, the panel would be made up largely of their appointees.
The reform groups argue the new panel would not be sufficiently independent of political influence. Lawmakers would still have to approve the redrawn district lines, and would be able to make changes to the plan if the maps are rejected twice.