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2. Every redistricting process should include:
a. Specific timelines for the steps leading to a redistricting plan;
b. Full disclosure throughout the process and public hearings on the plan proposed for adoption;
i. Redistricting at all levels of government must be accomplished in an open, unbiased manner with citizen participation and access at all levels and steps of the process;
ii. Should be subject to open meeting laws;
i. Time limits should be set for initiating court action for review,
ii. The courts should promptly review and rule on any challenge to a redistricting plan and require adjustments if the standards have not been met.
3. The standards on which a redistricting plan is based, and on which any plan should be judged, must:
a. Be enforceable in court;
i. Substantially equal population,
ii. Geographic contiguity, and
iii. Effective representation of racial and linguistic minorities.
i. Promotion of partisan fairness,
ii. Preservation and protection of "communities of interest," and
iii. Respect for boundaries of municipalities and counties.
i. Protection of incumbents, through such devices as considering an incumbent's address; and(LWV Impact on Issues 2018-2020)
ii. Preferential treatment for a political party, through such devices as considering party affiliation, voting history and candidate residence.
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National Articles worth considering:
Diluting the Vote: Redistricting Violations Threaten the US Election System By SHEELA NIMISHAKAVI | August 2, 2017
Non-Profit Quarterly Voting Rights and the Efficiency Gap Measure By ERIN RUBIN | August 16, 2017
The New Front in the Gerrymandering Wars: Democracy vs. Math Sophisticated computer modeling has taken district manipulation to new extremes. To fix this, courts might have to learn how to run the numbers themselves By EMILY BAZELONAUG. 29, 2017
What I Learned at Gerrymandering Summer Camp (Wired Magazine) SIE LAPOWSKY 08.27.17
Supercomputers vs. gerrymandering: Data could be the next key to creating fair state voting districts ANGELO YOUNG Salon APR 10, 2017
Filing date: Dec 18, 2018 Referred to: House Committee on the Judiciary