A Democratic state senator in South Carolina wants to end the practice of lawmakers choosing who votes for them. The senator introduced a bill Wednesday that would create an independent commission to draw the state’s political districts. Lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Legislature now control that process. South Carolina voters would approve or reject the boundaries of new political districts in a statewide referendum if the bill becomes law. The state redraws its political boundaries for South Carolina House, state Senate and U.S. House seats after each 10-year U.S. Census [the next Census is in 2020].”
While it may be laudable to try eliminate partisan gerrymandering, this bill is going nowhere. Still, it is an important issue to discuss.
Questions to Ponder: What is the difference between the terms redistricting and gerrymandering? Why won’t this bill pass?
What is the fairest way to divide districts?