February 23, 2007

Georgia governor introduces mapping constitutional amendment

Filed under: cartography, map, politics — ubikcan @ 8:58 am

According to a news report on local NPR this morning, Republican governor Sonny Perdue of Georgia is proposing a constitutional amendment to have an “independent commission” redraw the redistricting maps instead of the legislature do them.

This has been proposed before in other places (eg in N. Carolina in 1999). In that case,  the commission was appointed by the Governor, the Speaker of the House, the Chief Justice etc. So there is a danger of concentrating power in fewer people’s hands. The elected legislature would have no say in the matter.

It’s also been proposed in Virginia earlier this year, where a “bipartisan” commission would be created. This proposal was apparently put forward by a Democrat.

There are obvious weaknesses to this idea (such as who appoints its membership and the disempowering of elected representatives) and I don’t know how realistic it is. But it’s worth examining in any case.


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