To the Editor: As a first-year student at UNH Law, I’ve started the intensive process of learning legal analysis and looking into complex issues. There are great inequities and injustices across our country, but here in New Hampshire there is one particular instance that is worth highlighting.
I have been watching the debate closely on HB 706, a bipartisan bill which would establish transparency in the redistricting process that takes place after the U.S. Census every 10 years. The bill would create a 15-member advisory commission that would draw federal and state districts. The commission would include five Republicans, five Democrats, and five unaffiliated members.
A redistricting map would have to receive support from at least some members of all three groups before it is approved. The bill also allows for public participation in the redistricting process, with all commission meetings open to public attendance and comment.
As of right now, politicians are allowed to, behind closed doors and out of the public eye, draw maps where they pick their voters. That’s not how a healthy democracy should work. It is imperative for the public’s trust in new, fair maps that the process is as transparent as possible.
That is why I hope Governor Sununu will strike a bipartisan chord and sign HB 706 when it reaches his desk.