Husted isn't out of Ideas


Editorial: Husted isn’t out of ideas or leverage

By the Dayton Daily News | Monday, June 14, 2010, 05:15 PM

Sen. Jon Husted gets a lot of credit for not giving up on the idea that voters should get to pick their politicians, not the other way around.

Right now, every 10 years, one or the other major political party draws maps creating legislative districts. The party with the most members on a five-member map-drawing commission tries to concentrate voters in ways to ensure that its side will control the legislature.

If you put enough Democratic voters, for instance, in a district, a Democrat will almost invariably win; ditto for Republicans. This practice at its most egregious has a name: gerrymandering.

The danger of the tradition is that it frees politicians from really competing for their jobs. They don’t have to reach out to voters from the other party, and they don’t have to confront strong challenges to their ideas. They can be politically rigid.

Meanwhile, the party that’s not in control in a district or in the legislature can be lazy. Why bother to contribute if the other side can make all the laws without your input?

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