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Letter: Progress, not perfection, on redistricting

Nassau County Legislator Robert Troiano is shown at

Nassau County Legislator Robert Troiano is shown at a public hearing on redistricting. (March 5, 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile

The article "Poll finds support for redistricting" [News, Dec. 10] showed that 81 percent of Nassau County voters support a redistricting process led by a commission of citizens or community leaders, to ensure that voters have real choices when they vote.

Francis X. Moroney, chairman of the most recent -- and controversial -- redistricting advisory panel, said in the article that it would be difficult to keep politics out of the process.

The poll was released by the Long Island Civic Engagement Table, and it addresses this question directly: Nearly 70 percent of Nassau voters say non-partisan reform is worth doing, even though a perfect process is impossible.

Voters in Nassau County agree that the goal is not perfection. The goal is improvement, which is both possible and badly needed.

Geri Horcon

Editor's note: The writer is a member of the Long Island Civic Engagement Table, a nonpartisan group that advocates for civic participation among working-class immigrant communities.


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