Gerrymandering chips away at our democracy

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Gerrymandering is a grave threat to democracy. I was looking at the map for my new state senator (due to redistricting), Jim Brewster. The district is contorted and twisted and stretches from Monroeville to Baldwin.

But that’s not the problem. It’s the more liberal and more conservative legislators. The parties should not be focused on maximizing their seats for a current election. They end up fighting elections during primaries. And who votes in primaries? The motivated, sometimes fanatic, and you end up with more extreme candidates. Fine, you think? Maybe if you’re conservative or liberal. But nothing gets done because of gridlock.

I remember when legislators would act like grown-ups and hammer out deals. They weren’t extreme right or left. Sure, we had those. But the parties were overall much more moderate.

We need to end gerrymandering. Districts should be drawn on geographic lines not political ones.

NICK BALANDIAT
Baldwin Borough


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