Anti-Gerrymandering Proposal Approved For November Ballot

Voters will get to decide in November if state lawmakers will continue to draw legislative district boundaries or if the responsibility will be shifted to a new citizens council.

The Board of State Canvassers voted 3-to-1 yesterday to approve a slight change in the ballot language to the petition from the group Voters Not Politicians, who argue politicians have colluded for decades to draw up districts to retain the hold on power of the majority party. If approved, a 13-member panel would be created with four Democrats, four Republicans and five independents to draw the districts for the state House and Senate and U.S. House.