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Letter to Editor, NYT, GERRYMANDERING

July 14, 2019, a proposal to combat gerrymandering by Sam Wang, was printed by the NYT. Enclosed is a different proposal.

Congress agrees redistricting is occasionally necessary. But Congress also prohibits overt political reasons to gerrymander. This prohibition dates to the 18th Century Revolution fought over rulers continuing in office by abusing incumbency.

Rather than argue the history, it seems better to make it automatic, every minority expects one day to be in the majority. Limit redistricting to whenever incumbents lose reelection, but leave final decision to the minority candidate who failed to win election by the greatest above a certain percentage of votes cast.

George Ross Fisher MD

apt 1108

200 West Washington Square

Philadelphia 19106, PA

215-280-6625

Originally published: Thursday, July 18, 2019; most-recently modified: Saturday, July 20, 2019

 

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