By Marjorie Smith writing for the local Seacoast Online
Gerrymandering happens here in New Hampshire, and we need to fix it.
The state Constitution requires New Hampshire’s Legislature “forms the maps” that set our district lines, but there is one way in which we can guarantee elected officials are unable to stack the deck in their favor. Our state needs an independent redistricting commission that is free from the influence of political parties or special interests. New Hampshire needs a commission that is fair, inclusive, transparent and gives all Granite Staters an equal say in our democracy, and House Bill 706 does exactly that.
This bill would put into place a 15-member commission comprised of individuals determined through an extensive application and interview process to serve as unbiased decision makers who reflect diversity in terms of political views, gender, race and ethnicity that is representative of our state’s population.
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