The disgusting act of gerrymandering is when partisan interests take control of the redistricting process, which is when congressional and legislative districts are redrawn and is usually conducted by state legislatures after the census, and use it to benefit incumbents and specific parties.
But there is good news. There is a growing movement to end gerrymandering. In 2008, Californians passed Prop 11, which moved the responsibility of redistricting from the legislature to a nonpartisan committee. Now, a group in Florida is trying to put an end to gerrymandering through another ballot initiative, and they need your help today more than ever, no matter where you live in the country.
UPDATE: Here’s a quick summary of what I’m talking about:
1. Gerrymandering is awful and needs to be stopped
2. FairDistrictsFlorida.org, a grassroots organization, is working to stop it by putting an initiative on the Florida ballot
3. They’re asking for donations from Florida and across the country to pay for a processing fee of over $140,000 for their petitions
This is a repost from a few months ago. I am reposting it because this organization needs to raise $25,000 in order to pay for the initiative to be qualified. If they don’t do this, gerrymandering will most assuredly continue in Florida.