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January 27, 2013

COMMENTARY: Stop letting political parties draw election maps

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WASHINGTON —

As a result, in the 2012 U.S. congressional elections, the GOP won a 33-seat majority in the House even though Democrats won 50.4 percent of the popular vote in all House races combined, according to an analysis by Sam Wang, a founder of the Princeton Election Consortium.

"We can certainly point to more instances of Republican gerrymanders in this cycle, because they control more states," said Dan Tokaji, a law professor and election law specialist at Ohio State University. "The reality is both sides try to draw the map that gives them maximum advantage when they have the power to do so."

Most other major industrialized democracies don't have this problem. They have independent, trusted civil servants to do the job. America should copy their example or appoint bipartisan commissions and remove this stain on civic integrity.

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