We applaud the Colorado’s League of Women Voters for its effort to curtail gerrymandering ahead of the 2020 census, and wish the non-partisan group luck in its endeavor. While we will withhold judgment of the organization’s proposal until we see the final language and whether it qualifies for the ballot this year, we’re encouraged that someone is stepping up to make this system of drawing districts more fair to voters of all political views. For too long the redistricting of Colorado’s congressional districts and state legislative districts have fallen victim to the underhanded strategies of both Republicans and Democrats who are trying to get the upper hand in the next decade’s elections.
Coloradans benefit when as many districts as possible are as competitive as possible. When a strong candidate from the left and a strong candidate from the right clash in an honest campaign on policy, it’s a beautiful thing for our democracy.
Unfortunately, political parties know that isn’t in their best interests. Easy wins give them power for longer. It’s about the collective, not the individual. Political parties want reliable votes, not mavericks. We are partial to politicians able to discern between their party’s good ideas and bad ideas.
Full Article: End gerrymandering now, before the next census.