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And they should.

In an article published by the News and Observer earlier this week (article online), it was noted that there is a growing call for a non-partisan redistricting process to be developed.

My concern is that we run the risk of having an unelected bureaucracy not accountable to the citizens making the maps in the future.

 That effort is, in fact, already underway.  Although it wouldn't take effect until the 2020 process, the NC House has already passed a bill calling for the measure (H824).

My concern is that we run the risk of having an unelected bureaucracy not accountable to the citizens making the maps in the future.  Think about any bureaucracy.  An elected body always has oversight over it, but they almost always run amok.  It's bad enough that we don't hold our elected representatives as accountable as we should, but it further undermines control over our own government when elected bodies give up their responsibility to unelected ones.

I also notice that while the Democrats were in power, there were no calls for an independent group (except by a handful of Republicans).  While this sounds like a good idea on the outside - one that would supposedly stabilize the swinging pendulum that is redistricting - I'm afraid it's just one more step away from voter's control.

 

 

 

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