Letters: Debate over new voting districts

Nassau Republicans submitted their proposed redistricting map for Nassau Republicans submitted their proposed redistricting map for the county legislature, putting six incumbent lawmakers into three districts. (Feb. 6, 2013) Photo Credit: Nassau GOP

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It may just be that maps such as the one approved by the Nassau County Legislature's Rules Committee are the cause of government gridlock throughout the nation. Districts are designed to keep incumbents, the bad along with the good, in power. The result is that the same people are elected term after term.

If electoral district lines for the Nassau legislature were drawn on a party-blind basis, we might have a chance of returning to a democracy where politics is the art of the possible, not the continuous sport of beat the opponent.

Alison Bermant, East Norwich
 

The Rules Committee of the Nassau County Legislature met on Monday to move legislation that would draw new legislative lines because of population changes in Nassau County. But it hasn't been made clear that this map makes history in Nassau County.

The proposal made by the Republican members of the county legislature that will be voted upon by the full county legislature later this month will create, for the first time in Nassau County history, a third minority district. This district would bring together black and Hispanic residents and voters who reside along the Nassau County western border into one district, where they would constitute a majority of the voting-age population.

The district encompasses parts of Elmont, North and South Valley Stream, Woodmere and Inwood. It would increase the influence of black and Hispanic voters in future legislative decisions.

At the same time, all of the districts were brought into compliance with the constitutional requirement of "one person, one vote." Now no one's vote will count more or less than anyone else's.

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Frank Moroney, Westbury

Editor's note: The writer is an aide to the GOP legislative majority and former chairman of the advisory board on redistricting.

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