Partisan redistricting keeps power out of voters' hands, Senate candidate argues

by Elect Colonel Craig Wilcox | Oct. 28, 2017, 4:20pm

Creating an electoral majority through mapmaking goes against the basic premise that voters in America select their representatives, Craig Wilcox contends.

The Republican and McHenry County Board member running against Sen. Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) in the 32nd District told the Lake County Gazette that the ability to redraw district boundaries after census years provides an unfair advantage to the political party in charge.

“Voters suffer when the political elite are allowed to determine the boundaries of districts,” Wilcox said. “Unfortunately, both political parties are guilty of unduly influencing redistricting processes nationwide. Gerrymandering cuts to the core of one person-one vote by grouping and segregating districts to maximize or minimize a certain constituency base.”

Wilcox’s view parallels 15 Illinois Republicans and two Democrats who recently joined 65 lawmakers across the country signing onto an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court gerrymandering case Gill v. Whitford. 

Wilcox, a retired Air Force colonel, said partisan redistricting must end.

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