Rhode Island has suffered from political gerrymandering for centuries.  Looking toward the 2020 Census, Common Cause Rhode Island wants to end the practice of incumbent politicians picking their voters.  We will achieve this by putting an amendment to the Rhode Island Constitution on the ballot to create an independent redistricting commission.  The commission, modeled after a successful effort in California, will control the post-Census redistricting process and abide by the Voting Rights Act, and new standards enacted in our state constitution.

In America, elections are supposed to represent the will of the people, not the will of politicians.

But that doesn’t stop partisan officials from manipulating voting maps to keep themselves and their party in power.  Having elected officials draw the districts in which they will run is like the proverbial fox guarding the chicken coop—the redistricting process is used to box potential challengers out of districts and to design districts that maximize support for those in control of the process.

That’s not what democracy is all about.  We need to ensure the process of drawing districts is impartial so that our government can truly be of, by, and for the people.

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