Under the Radar: Parties Collude Using Census to Trade Votes

Under the Radar: Parties Collude Using Census to Trade Votes

The map that New Mexico’s legislature adopted after the last census in 2011 contains many districts that do not conform to fair community of interest principles.  It is important that these inequities are addressed in 2021.

There are three distinct actions that citizens across the state can take to advance this issue.

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•  First, citizens should urge their legislators to turn the redistricting process in 2021 over to a nonpartisan body whose members have geographic and demographic data interpretation skills and who don’t have political interests. Forward-thinking lawmakers should be encouraged to advance legislation that would accomplish this purpose.  Doing so would advance their public image.

•  Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, people who feel disenfranchised because of the configuration of their district should employ a variety of grassroots organizing methods to urge the legislature to cure the inequity of their map in 2021.  Incumbent legislators who plan to stand for reelection are attentive to their constituents’ concerns.  Even if they aren’t willing to relinquish authority for boundary setting to an independent body, they will note voter concerns and take them into account even if the current unfair system stays in effect.  

•  Activists in unfairly drawn districts should consider running for office and make curing the inequity of their jurisdiction’s map a centerpiece of their campaign.
 

The time is now.  2020 IS just around the corner!  If New Mexicans aren’t attentive, they’ll become hostage for ten more years to yet another set of maps that don’t reflect their communities’ best interests.


Written by Jarratt Applewhite, a fifty year resident of New Mexico who has been active in a range of good government reform efforts.  He is a current candidate for House District 50.

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Originally published in NMPolitics.net on 12/3/17. 

 

Posted on 15 Jan 2018, 14:12 - Category: News

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