Here’s what Syracuse.com has to say about this unique opportunity:
“The Common Council approved a process for redrawing election districts last year. That came after voters overwhelmingly supported the new commission.
The new process puts the power in the hands of a group of citizens, selected partly at random. Councilors hope it will prevent elected officials from influencing the boundaries of the district to benefit an individual or a party.
The commission will consist of 15 members.
Here’s how it works:
The city auditor will collect and review applications from any city resident interested in helping draw the new districts. Those districts will be drawn using data from the latest U.S. Census.
The commission is designed to weed out anyone who is connected to city politics or government.
Anyone is ineligible who:
- Has held elected city or state office in the last two years, or has a spouse who held office;
- Has served as an officer, employee or consultant for a political party or campaign in the last two years;
- Has been a registered lobbyist in the last two years;
- Has contributed at least $1,000 to a candidate for city office over the last two years;
- Has worked for city government as an employee or contractor in the last two years;
- Has a spouse who has worked for city government in the last two years.
Also, anyone selected for the commission will be ineligible to run for office in a district they helped draw for five years. Members also cannot work for the city, a city candidate’s campaign or receive a contract from the city for work for three years.”