The practice of tailoring political districts to favor the political party that is in power is in danger in Minnesota. A group of Minnesota politicians, including former vice president Walter Mondale, is looking closely at the bias and voter distrust that is inherent in the current system, and is advocating reform.
According to the story in the Star Tribune, the process of redrawing congressional districts every 10 years after a national census allows the incumbent politician to pick their electors rather than the other way around, resulting in too many ‘safe’ seats. This issue is gaining importance in this state, since it’s projected that they could use a congressional seat due to population shifts in other states.
These Minnesota lawmakers are urging a reform that’s already in place in Arizona. In that state, a commission of judges decides political boundaries, with a strict timeline that doesn’t allow for political wrangling. I think it’s a great idea to make our electoral practices more fair and balanced. Next up for reform is getting rid of the electoral congress.