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Letter to the Editor

Vote for Ballot Proposition #1

Anne Hart
Posted 10/15/21

Liberty

To the editor:

Voters should vote “Yes” on Ballot Proposition # 1 for the following reasons:

Freeze the number of state senators at 63: There is a convoluted formula in …

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Vote for Ballot Proposition #1

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Liberty

To the editor:

Voters should vote “Yes” on Ballot Proposition # 1 for the following reasons:

Freeze the number of state senators at 63: There is a convoluted formula in the state constitution that has been used repeatedly during the redistricting process to create additional senate districts that favor the majority party. This amendment eliminates the ability to create additional districts to secure a majority in the State Senate.

Amend the process for the counting of the state’s population: It is already state law that in the census counts, incarcerated individuals are considered residents of the last place of residence rather than where they are in prison. This memorializes that law in the constitution.

Delete certain provisions that violate the US Constitution: This would clarify that all maps in the future must be drawn on the basis of the full population figures; bringing the state in line with the US Constitution.

Repeal and amend certain requirements for the appointment of the co-executive directors of the redistricting commission and amend the manner of drawing district lines for congressional and state legislative offices: The 2014 constitutional amendment contains the only party-based voting rules in the constitution. This amendment would permit approval of the Commission’s plans with a majority vote not dependent on who controls the legislature. The amendment also addresses the delay in releasing the Census data because of the pandemic to ensure that an orderly election process can occur in 2022.

While there remain improvements to be made in our redistricting process, a Yes vote would bring us closer to what should be a common goal – a process that is both fair and independent of party politics.

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  • lhfc1563@yahoo.com

    NOPE, DON'T THINK SO.

    I THINK WE SHOULD VOTE NO on Proposals 1,3 and 4!

    Saturday, October 16 Report this

  • lhfc1563@yahoo.com

    NOPE, DON'T THINK SO.

    I THINK WE SHOULD VOTE NO on Proposals 1,3 and 4!

    Saturday, October 16 Report this