June 27, 2013

Image: Gerrymandering

For years, political insiders have known how powerful redistricting can be for elected officials to protect friends and undermine opponents. Both parties have exploited the ability to redistrict, minimizing the role of voters in the political process. This gerrymandering leads to most incumbents facing only token opposition and partisan distortions within states and the nation overall.

But the problem may be less redistricting than the very fact of districting itself. This program, in partnership with FairVote, looks beyond gerrymandering and heightened political polarization to statutory solutions grounded in our nation's history. Panelists explored how to replace gerrymandered winner-take-all elections with nonpartisan commissions tasked to create district plans designed for fair representation voting methods that hold the promise to improve politics, provide fairer representation for women and racial minorities, allow both major parties and independents to compete in one-party strongholds, and ultimately put voters in control of their own representation.

YOUTUBE MEDIA
-6ksQkvxisM

Meet the Panel

Image: Keith Ellison

Conrgessman Ellison

Jamie Raskin

Jamie Raskin

Norman J. Ornstein

Norman J. Ornstein

Image: John Porter

Congressman Porter

Marie Wilson

Marie Wilson

Krist Novoselic

Krist Novoselic

Special Guest

Image: Rep. Clyburn

Representative James Clyburn (D-SC)

President Barack Obama has said Congressman Clyburn is, "One of a handful of people who, when they speak, the entire Congress listens." 

YOUTUBE MEDIA
vS62N5b5L7Y