February 1, 2022 | njspotlightnews.org
With upcoming midterm elections in the balance, the decennial chore of drawing new congressional voting maps is playing out in every state house across America. Even though there have been renewed cries for reform in recent years, redistricting, as it’s called, remains for the most part an exercise cloaked in secrecy and executed by political operatives.
New Jersey is no exception.
NJ SEED: Post census redistricting remains important as it influences the balance of political power both in congress and in the states. Though no longer drawn by the legislature the process continues to be highly partisan. Often the political leanings of the “tie breaker” determine the outcome. Reforms that allow for the participation of independent or non-aligned citizens might offer less partisan outcomes.