New Hampshire: home to scenic views, the first-in-the-nation presidential primaries, and a missed opportunity to fix its gerrymandered map. We’re talking, of course, about New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu’s recent veto of a bipartisan bill to implement an independent redistricting commission. More states are implementing independent commissions before the next round of redistricting in 2021, but what sets New Hampshire apart is the legislature’s lead on this effort. While voter-led referendums have succeeded in getting commissions in other states, it was New Hampshire’s elected officials who brought up this opportunity and garnered the required support to pass it. So why’d Gov. Sununu (who’s Arab American, btw) veto the bill? He said the current redistricting process is fair, and the process is best left to state legislators who can be held accountable if they do a poor job. First, the NH map has been steadily skewed for the last 30 years to favor one party. Second, gerrymandering is often used to create safe seats that minimize voters’ voices, making it nearly impossible to hold elected officials accountable through elections. We can’t keep taking our political system for granite (get it?). Now’s the time for states to act to protect voters and ensure fair redistricting happens.  

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