Would citizens commission stop gerrymandering? | Letter

I'm responding to the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners' resolution calling for a citizens commission in Pennsylvania to oversee state legislative and congressional redistricting. As good as it sounds using the word "citizens," a citizens...

Would citizens commission stop gerrymandering? | Letter

I'm responding to the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners' resolution calling for a citizens commission in Pennsylvania to oversee state legislative and congressional redistricting.

As good as it sounds using the word "citizens," a citizens commission is open to as much gerrymandering activity as has been done by political parties in the past.   Even the selection of a nonpartisan citizens' commission can be manipulated to produce the outcome desired by the political party in power. 

Besides, very few voters are non-partisan. Even those registered as independent often favor one party or another.

So might there be a better alternative? Perhaps a lottery of random-pick voters interested in serving on a redistricting commission?

Lea Ann Hunter
Whitehall Township

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