Give voters a voice in redistricting (Times Union)

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The redistricting plans for the state Legislature designed by its own leaders set a new low in the sordid history of gerrymandering in New York.

Cobbled together behind closed doors in total secrecy, the district lines would fragment neighborhoods and sprawl across counties and cities, in disregard of local concerns and communities. To entrench themselves in office, the majority party in each chamber created these districts to avoid competition and force incumbents of the minority party to run against each other.

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