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November 8, 2013
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Letter: Need unbiased commission to set district lines

Let democracy work for voters

On the surface, it would seem that the House of Representatives is more democratically elected than is the Senate, since the number of House members is proportional to population, whereas Senate members are not. However, it is not that simple.

The Senate members are voted on by all of the state’s electorate, whereas House members are each voted on only by a single district. And this is where serious abuses occur. Except for California, which has a neutral commission to draw district lines, gerrymandering is widespread, especially in the South and Midwest.

To make the House of Representatives honestly represent voters, it would be necessary to outlaw gerrymandering and to follow California’s example of having, in each state, an unbiased commission to draw district lines. This will only happen when a majority of members of Congress function from a base of principle.

Redge Ranyard

Roseburg


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