Make Partisan Gerrymandering Illegal.
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"Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth." - Abraham Lincoln
Whereas: We the PEOPLE are supposed to select our representatives in the government, not the other way around;
Whereas: Gerrymandered districts encourage extremism & partisanship to win primaries, and discourage cooperation in the Government;
Whereas: The majority of Americans want their voices to be heard accurately, and their parties NOT to be pulled to either wing leaving them with choices that feel like the LEAST BAD or no voting option at all;
Whereas: When power is consolidated to a party, it discourages INTERNAL debate and stifles new ideas;
Whereas: Gerrymandered districts allow incumbents to show more care for their party or personal position than the people they are supposed to be representing;
Whereas: Non-partisan organizations have come up with a variety of ways to draw voting maps fairly and with accurate representations of the population;
Whereas: Disenfranchised voters have no recourse when voting maps are skewed based on politics, since it is not illegal;
Gerrymandering districts based on political partisanship, to protect incumbents, to consolidate power to ANY party should be illegal.
This should cover not just future redistricting, but also all current districts. Any politician who is only keeping their seat because they have gerrymandered a safe voting population does NOT deserve to keep their seat.
"My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." - John F. Kennedy
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