Tim Moffitt is proposing to have the state impose district elections on our City Council [“Democracy by Decree,” July 17 Xpress]. He reasons that elected officials tend to favor whatever system put them in power, and it is hard to argue with his argument on that point.
He says, “It falls on the state to intercede and do what’s in the best interest of the citizens.” That being the case, I expect Moffitt to lead the charge to establish a nonpartisan commission that would set borders of electoral districts by objective lines such as county boundaries and geographical areas, as opposed to gerrymandering. He clearly sees the danger in having elected officials draw those boundaries in such a way as to benefit themselves and their political allies.
I also presume that, by his logic, Moffitt is a staunch advocate of the recently de-fanged Voting Rights Act; after all, it falls on the federal government to intercede and do what's in the best interest of its citizens.
— Rick Fornoff