By allowing Democrats and Republicans alike to define their own state and Congressional districts, we’re encouraging politicians to choose exactly which voters they want to vote, where they want them to vote. We’re allowing our dominant parties to unabashedly manipulate elections, guaranteeing the outcome even before a single ballot is cast.
Currently, our legislators can hijack elections through gerrymandering in one of two ways. They can either pack a district, drawing lines to ensure districts are composed entirely of blue or red voters, or they can split districts, ensuring that voters of one party are spread so thinly throughout each district that their voting power is diminished.
Independent Redistricting Commissions (IRCs) check partisan gerrymandering by taking party politics and special interests out of the mapmaking process entirely. Establishing IRCs returns civic power to citizens, ensuring districts are both equitable and representative of the people they serve.