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Voting by district is fair

By Ed Williams
Posted Tuesday, October 24, 2006

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Chatham County, NC - I agree that voting by district is the fairest way to let all areas of Chatham County have a voice, rather than letting things be run by the Central Committee of an apparently well-financed coalition (big signs on billboards?).

Are the "county-wide election" people against dividing NC up into Congressional districts? Why wouldn't it be fairer, according to their "logic" to vote state-wide for our 13 Representatives, as we do for our 2 Senators?

Oh, wait! Then we wouldn't have those ridiculously gerrymandered districts, such as the 12th and the 1st, which were drawn specifically to establish safe districts for Arican Americans. (The 3rd is also bad, but hasn't worked out as planned.) The "I-85 District" (12th) with its squiggles and wiggles from Greensboro to Charlotte, is even more absurd than Elbridge Gerry's original Gerrymander, and would probably win a national booby prize for the most obvious corruptly drawn district in the US.

Looking at the districts in Chatham County, they are reasonably compact, without squiggles and wiggles, and group together people who share many common interests, which is what any district - county or state - should be.

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