The Vermont Legislative Apportionment Board (LAB) voted 4-3 on Friday to recommend single-member House districts only for the coming reapportionment of the Vermont Legislature.
Fifty-six years later it is Vermont citizens who cry from frustration and anger over how the Legislature apportions itself using multimember districts. This method cheats Vermont citizens in two major ways.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., last Tuesday introduced legislation intended to prevent “the spread of voter suppression,” but it may also inhibit states from implementing election security measures.
Conservative advocacy organization FreedomWorks estimated about 70 people were packed into their Washington, D.C., headquarters on Tuesday to participate in panels they were told would teach them how to protect the integrity of American elections.
Do you trust the other side not to cheat? Do you trust hackers of all kinds to stay away? Last time no one knew there would be such widespread open voting until almost the last minute. This time those who want to steal elections have plenty of time to prepare to cheat.
At the Legislative Apportionment Board meeting held Tuesday, policy experts from various organizations discussed how Vermont’s redistricting process might change, and the key question was whether to adopt a statewide policy of one representative per district.
It is my personal belief that constituents who can call on multiple elected officials have an unfair advantage over those who can only call on one. This, I recognize, is debatable. Moving to an all-single member system would eliminate this debate and any question of representational inequity.
Weighting Vermont’s voting reapportionment to favor single-member districts that prioritize fair democratic representation should be a priority for the 2021-22 redistricting process.
Vermonters and their communities know the difference between a fair deal and a raw deal. They don’t expect perfection, but won’t accept or look kindly on heavy handed political maneuvers.
Senate Bill 1 repeals many of the voting measures that large cities in the state implemented amid the pandemic and overhauls the state’s mail-in voting and polling place systems. It also prohibits drive-through voting and enhances transparency by authorizing poll watchers to observe.
“The things that we are wanting to fight for, it doesn’t matter if our votes don’t count,” Cawthorn told a crowd Sunday evening. “Because, you know, if our election systems continue to be rigged and continue to be stolen, then it’s going to lead to one place — and it’s bloodshed.”
It has been the position of many in the Republican Party that we should advocate for single member districts since they provide greater accountability and can protect the interest of smaller local communities. This year may be the best chance we have to at least move in that direction. Take a moment to complete this survey.