WV Redistricting Should be Done in the OpenWV REDISTRICTING SHOULD BE DONE IN THE OPEN
Single Member Districts Critical To Accountability
CHARLESTON, WV – Redistricting of political boundaries occurs ever ten years in West Virginia as it does in every other state in the country. Unfortunately, in West Virginia the redistricting process is not done by an impartial commission and is traditionally done by the political leadership without transparency or participation of the public.
“Redistricting only occurs once every ten years and is critical to process of electing our representatives and governing our state," said Mike Stuart, Chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party. “It is critical that redistricting in 2011 be done in the open, with transparency, and with public able to participate in the process. It is not acceptable for the politicians to draw political boundaries behind closed doors and to force their plan down our throats solely to save their jobs.”
“We are in the midst of an election for Governor with the paramount issue of redistricting before us,” said Stuart. “The public has a right to know where each of the candidates for Governor stands on the issue of single-member legislative districts. Before voting in the primary, the public should know whether a candidate stands for accountability and single-member legislative districts or whether they stand for a lack of accountability and the status quo.”
“West Virginia politicians should be accountable to West Virginia families,” continued Stuart. “West Virginia is one of only two states that have legislative districts with more than three members and the 30th District’s seven members is the largest per capita in the country. There reason some of the worst Delegates in West Virginia come from the 30th District is because the bad ones can hide from accountability and their voting record.”
“Transparency, public participation, and single member districts – these are the standards for which redistricting must be measured,” said Stuart. “In a day and age when an average person can download an app to an iPhone that will create single member districts in West Virginia, there is simply no valid excuse for not making transparency, public participation and single member districts priorities in the redistricting process in 2011.”
Paid for by the WV Republican Party