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CT Post, Opinion: Redistricting process should be transparent

Voters should pick their elected officials, not the other way around. Seems obvious, doesn’t it? But it ain’t necessarily so. Too often the redrawing of voting districts, which is required every 10 years to conform with population shifts as reflected in the U.S. census, is done with an eye toward ensuring the reelection of officeholders...


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The Day: Common Cause, local legislators weigh in on redistricting

"Almeida said Common Cause has long supported an independent redistricting commission model where the people actually drawing district lines 'are everyday people, not politicians, not lobbyists, people without conflicts of interest.' Still, Almeida and others were realistic in recognizing the current system. They said there were different ways to protect the integrity of the redistricting process, whether through the committee or commission utilizing nonpartisan staff, allowing an abundance of public input and making sure the lawmakers composing the committee or commission are mostly nonpartisan..."

WSHU: Connecticut Voters’ Group Speaks Out Against Gerrymandering

“We make sure that districts do not remove voting rights from Black and Brown and other people of color. And that we try to retain some contiguity and some continuity in the communities to benefit the voters not to benefit the elected officials,” Quickmire said.

VIDEO LINKS AND QUOTES from Today’s Media Briefing: What’s Happening and What’s at Stake for Connecticut in 2021

Earlier today, a panel of national and local redistricting experts briefed the media on the current state play in Connecticut’s redistricting cycle. The group of experts described how and why a fair redistricting process should be conducted, and how Connecticut’s current process misses the mark when it comes to transparency and public engagement.

CT Post: In Stratford, battle lines being drawn over Town Council lines

“I’d defy anybody to show me how Lordship reaching over to the Devon Bridge or District 2 being a five-armed octopus is either compact or contiguous,” Democratic Registrar of Voters Jim Simon said. “These things are not done by accident.” Republicans say the maps are the result of shifts in census data. “Redistricting is purely population driven,” GOP Registrar Lou DeCilio, who is also the chairman of the Republican Town Committee, said. “It has nothing to do with ethnicity, income level or registered voters.”

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