Proposition 2 could end gerrymandering

November 1, 2018

Dear Editor,

There has been a lot of talk about trying to do something to fix the workings of the Federal government. Everything from changing the Senate to establishing term limits. Blah, blah, blah. But this November we have the choice to actually do something to change our government. Proposition 2 deals with ending gerrymandering.

Every ten years the party that’s in charge of the state legislature divides up the state into districts.

Gerrymandering is the strategy to manipulate the boundaries to favor one party over the other.

The term gerrymandering came from Elbridge Gerry, the governor of Massachusetts who signed a bill in 1812 to redraw the districts in favor of his party. The district looked like a salamander, hence the term Gerrymandering.

With all the technology of today, parties have gotten much more precise about using this practice.

The problem with gerrymandering is that there is no need for a candidate to try and get votes from the other parties voters.

The result is instead of a candidate who is willing to compromise on some issues, we get the “most” Republican or the “most” Democrat. We end up with extremes from both parties.

The “My way or the highway” attitude on both sides is not what America is based on. We are based on compromise. The terms of office, the branches of government, where the federal government should be located are just a few examples of compromises that made our country.

Compromise does slow the changes in government. But that’s what the founding fathers wanted. This has worked for darn near 250 years.

We are a better country when we work together to change things. Proposition 2 would give the power to divide the boundaries to non-politicians, not the parties. I suggest voters gather information on the subject and vote. No matter what side of the issue you are on, vote.

Larry Kraft

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