Voters, Courts Slowly Take Lawmakers' Redistricting Power

By Rich Ehisen (November 16, 2018, 6:07 PM EST) -- While congressional and state legislative races drew most of the attention on Election Day, those races were hardly the only critical issues voters would decide.

Missouri, Colorado and Michigan became the latest states to endorse independent commissions or other bipartisan or nonpartisan means to create legislative or congressional districts, or both, to combat gerrymandering. Ohio voters in May endorsed a similar measure for drawing congressional districts, making 2018 the most active year for redistricting ballot measures since 1982, and highlighting what has become a slowly growing movement toward stripping state lawmakers of the power to choose their own voters.

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