July 5, 2015

Bowling Green Daily News: Ruling Could Alter Maps

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By Katie Brandenburg

Bowling Green Daily News

 

Some Kentuckians contend a U.S. Supreme Court decision last week will help them change the state’s redistricting procedure.

Richard Beliles, state chairman of the organization Common Cause Kentucky, has lobbied the state legislature for about 20 years to have it appoint a nonpartisan commission, including geographers and population experts, to draw lines for legislative districts.

He has failed to make progress on the issue, but Monday’s high court ruling that upheld Arizona’s use of an independent redistricting commission established by a ballot initiative gives him hope.

“Now, it’s really clear that citizens can do this, and before it was sort of argued that legislators should do it,” Beliles said.

 

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