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Howard Lawrence Berman

Obama's State of the Union pledge to push for bipartisan redistricting reform was a late add

Obama's State of the Union pledge to push for bipartisan redistricting reform was a late add

President Obama used his last State of the Union address to push for national voting reforms and went off script to specifically call for bipartisan groups to draw new congressional districts instead of lawmakers. 

"I think we’ve got to end the practice of drawing our congressional districts so that politicians can pick their voters and not the other way around," he said before veering from his prepared remarks to add: "Let a bipartisan group do it." 

In recent days, aides to the president had said he was concerned about gerrymandering, the flood of money in politics and other barriers to voter...

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