The Atlantic: A Grassroots Call to Ban Gerrymandering
Voters Not Politicians gathered an astounding 425,000 signatures in Michigan to secure a spot on the November ballot for a proposed constitutional amendment creating a citizens’ commission for redistricting.
A bipartisan push to combat gerrymandering has been building among grassroots activism for quite some time.
In Michigan, Voters Not Politicians, a grassroots activist group fighting against gerrymandering, has collected enough signatures to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballet that dismantles the current way redistricting is done in the state. It would create a citizens’ commission for the process, where a group of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans with no loyalty to the politicians in power would instead create these districts.
Whether this would work is up in the air, as these nonpartisan commissions are still open to manipulation, but it’s obvious that it would be better than current practices, where politicians leverage the redistricting process for maximum impact against their opponents, disenfranchising voters in the process.
What’s amazing about this is how quickly and effectively this grassroots effort was organized. This could be easily replicated in other states as well, and in a fashion similar to Michigan, where the message isn’t Democrat vs. Republican, but voters vs. political corruption. And that’s a message that resonates with most voters.