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2006

Washington University in St. Louis

Election Law

Direct democracy

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De-Rigging Elections: Direct Democracy And The Future Of Redistricting Reform, Michael S. Kang Jan 2006

De-Rigging Elections: Direct Democracy And The Future Of Redistricting Reform, Michael S. Kang

Washington University Law Review

I propose direct democracy as the best solution, a distinctly political solution, to the problems of contemporary gerrymandering. By requiring direct democratic approval by the general electorate for passage of any statewide redistricting plan, direct democracy invites the public into civic engagement about the fundamental issues of democratic governance that a democracy ought to embrace. In Part II, I briefly describe redistricting reform efforts to transfer greater responsibility for redistricting to apolitical institutions, namely courts and independent commissions. In Part III, I argue that these efforts to insulate redistricting from politics are badly misguided. I contend that redistricting, as a ...