Monday, 7 February 2005

Redistricting Roundup

Today’s New York Times has a somewhat lengthy piece on efforts in various states to reform their redistricting processes. As far as I know, aside from various efforts to create majority-minority Supreme Court districts, there are no serious efforts to fix redistricting in Mississippi—an oversight that surely ought to be corrected.

And, Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters says plans for a redistricting initiative in California may potentially be hijacked by partisan interests, although Walters doesn’t do a very good job of explaining how—he just alleges that requiring the redistricting commission to create competitive districts might somehow favor Republicans. (þ: Rick Hasen).

Update: More on this theme from John Fund at

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Mississippi has 122 members in the House, and 50 (I think) senators.

That works out to one legislator for every 18,000 people, roughly.

Lamar county, for example, is in seven different House districts, but is so divided that in none of those districts are its voters large enough to determine who the rep will be.

We need to cut the number of House members and senators in half.

That will save the state a good bit of money.

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