On Monday, March 2nd, the Supreme Court heard arguments for the case Arizona Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. In essence, the case involves the Arizona state legislature alleging that Arizona’s independent,...
Every 10 years, the Massachusetts state legislature redraws the boundaries of Congressional and state legislative districts. Redistricting is supposed to reflect changes in population and ensure that everyone is fairly represented, but by manipulating the lines to move friendly voters into pockets of strength and breaking up potential opponents' voters, current state legislators can have a big impact on who'll represent you in the statehouse and in Congress.
Redistricting should level the political playing field, not tilt it toward a particular party or office holder. Voters should choose their elected officials, not the other way around.
After a long history of redistricting for personal gain, not the public interest, an aggressive campaign by Common Cause helped usher in a new era of fair, open, and transparent redistricting in Massachusetts in 2010-2012. Now we must remain vigilant to ensure future redistricting lives up to and exceeds this standard.