Heath Shuler’s US Congressional bill would mandate all states use only Democrats and Republicans for redistricting commissions

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Here is the text of HR 453, the bill introduced on January 26 by North Carolina Congressman Heath Shuler to require the states to use bipartisan redistricting commissions to draw boundaries for U.S. House boundaries. The bill has a special procedure for Nebraska, which has a nonpartisan state legislature.

At the close of registration for the November 2010 election, 26.4% of all registered voters were registered outside the two major parties (these figures, of course, only relate to the 29 states that have registration by party, plus D.C.). It is unfortunate that no bill in Congress, to reform procedures for redistricting, has any procedure for those voters to participate in redistricting commissions. California’s new procedure for a redistricting commission includes them.

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