This post in The University Of Chicago Harris Public Policy is by Professor Daniel Moskowitz.
The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy is pleased to announce that today, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a research center at Harvard Kennedy School released “The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission: One State’s Model for Gerrymandering Reform,” a new report detailing the lessons learned from Arizona’s innovative approach to legislative redistricting, which was coauthored by Daniel Moskowitz, assistant professor at Harris Public Policy.
The report’s authors, Colleen Mathis, the current chair of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (AIRC); Moskowitz; and Benjamin Schneer, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and Ash Center faculty affiliate, argue that independent redistricting commissions such as Arizona’s have been successful at fostering increased competition in individual legislative districts and promoting partisan fairness in the state as a whole.
“Arizona is a pioneer when it comes to independent redistricting. In 2000, the citizens voted to take this power away from self-interested legislators and implement a more fair, balanced and transparent approach to drawing electoral lines that helps level the playing field for voters,” said Mathis, who has chaired the state’s redistricting commission since 2011.
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