The Free Press, Mankato, MN


October 22, 2013

An idea worth importing from California

Why it matters: Election reform is moving to the forefront as Americans tire of a broken congressional system.


Groups such as the League of Women Voters has long advocated for sensible election reforms — ideas that have been mostly ignored by elected officials who want to maintain their power to keep a system favorable to themselves and their party.

California’s early success in election reform is beginning to draw more attention — not from elected officials but from citizens and reform groups who know something is seriously broken in Congress.

State’s may not want to emulate all of California’s reforms, but for starters they should look at ways to create independent commissions to draw political boundaries.

Any system that would create more competitive districts would encourage candidates to seek a middle ground rather than cater to their party’s extremists.

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