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Common Cause

When nonpartisan citizen redistricting commissions draw state and congressional districts, there is a much greater chance that at least two candidates – one from each major party – will be on the general election ballot. Our analysis shows that commissions also give voters more choices in primary elections by producing fewer districts in which only one person from a major party les to run. The competition pushes candidates to work harder to connect with voters, boosting turnout and strengthening democracy. 

 

Harvard Business School

This report is about politics, but it is not political. The problem is not Democrats or Republicans or the existence of parties per se. The problem is not individual politicians; most who seek and hold public office are genuinely seeking to make a positive contribution. The real problem is the nature of competition in the politics industry. 

Commissioners of the Austin IRC

Commissioners of the Austin IRC describe the steps required in establishing an independent redistricting commission.  "The process in Austin was a great success. It demonstrated that there is a great untapped reservoir of talent among our citizens and showed one way in which that talent can be realized.  It is a model for all cities. Redistricting need not be a quintessentially political process." 

Nicholas O. Stephanopoulos† & Eric M. McGhee

Original report from the authors of the efficiency gap, the method presented to the Supreme Court as a measure of partisan bias.

The Campaign Legal Center

The poll – conducted by Democratic pollster Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners and Republican pollster Ashlee Rich Stephenson for WPA Intelligence – compiled opinions from 1,000 respondents. In a time of rare bi-partisan consensus, the data shows Americans, from both major political parties, overwhelmingly support measures to limit partisan gerrymandering regardless of political affiliation.

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