Everyone may have political bias to some extent, but not everyone has a conflict of interest. Lawmakers have a direct conflict of interest when they draw the lines of their own voting districts—they all have a strong interest in making their districts politically secure and protecting their own political careers.
Commission members would be held accountable in a range of ways:
- They would be screened to minimize conflicts of interest.
- They’d be expressly forbidden from drawing maps to favor a person or party.
- All their proceedings would take place in public, so the press, public and legislators could pay attention to everything they’re doing.
- They would be subject to clear, measurable standards for fairness—so their maps wouldn’t go into effect until they met predetermined criteria.
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