Thursday, July 13, 2006

Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Win Me a Seat

Kudos to the editorial board at the Decatur Herald & Review for recognizing the risks of redistricting as it's practiced here in Illinois. Noting the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Texas case, the paper writes, " The last time [Illinois' congressional] boundaries were redrawn, there was only one purpose in mind: protect incumbents."

We couldn't agree more, and hope that Illinois will find ways to minimize the monkeying around with mapmaking. As it is, most candidates for state legislative office don't have opponents in the general election, depriving voters of a choice in the "election."

The H&R also notes that "there is scant chance Illinois will change the way it redraws its political maps." They may be right, but once voters realize that their officials are choosing them rather than letting voters choose their officials, the chance for change will improve.

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