Benchmarks needed for fair voting redistricting

The current redistricting efforts will affect our state for the next decade. Our voting districts may change due to the results of the 2020 census. Voting maps have historically been developed in secrecy, but benchmarks should be used in their creation. Benchmarks are standards against which the mapping process should be compared for fairness.

Our State Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment/Redistricting Committees should commit to using independent, non-partisan benchmarks to prevent bias and imbalance. Independent benchmarks have no political intent built in. Benchmarks show the number of competitive districts a fair map should have. Benchmarks can determine the