Editorial: An early start on 2020s Nassau redistricting

Civic groups are calling for the formation of

Civic groups are calling for the formation of a redistricting commission as they rally in Mineola on the steps of the Nassau County Executive Building. (Jan. 27, 2014) (Credit: Howard Schnapp )

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The 2020 census is far in the distance and the constitutionally required redrawing of elective districts will come a few years after that. So what's the rush for the Nassau County United Redistricting Coalition?

So-called good-government groups got outmaneuvered in the Republican-controlled county's 2012 redistricting, which carved the county legislature's 19 districts into shapes best described as ragged sea monsters -- and the process predictably tilted the maps toward the GOP. Part of the problem was conflicting provisions in the county charter on how to create new lines.

The coalition is starting a campaign to call legislators to demand a new law that would make the 2022 panel nonpartisan, the first step toward creating districts focused on the needs of local communities and not the protection of incumbents.

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