Connections: Debating the legislative redistricting process in Monroe County
Monroe County Executive Adam Bello wants to create an independent commission charged with drawing new boundary lines for the county's legislative districts. But, as reported by CITY Newspaper's Jeremy Moule, the measure is poised to be rejected by some legislators in both parties. Some say there is no evidence to support a claim that independent restricting has any effect on the impartiality of the process; they want to stick with the current system, where legislators form their own commission and work with the Board of Elections to draw the lines. But advocates for Bello's proposed commission say the independent approach does make the process more transparent and the outcome more fair.
Our guests debate the issue:
- Vince Felder, minority leader of the Monroe County Legislature
- Rachel Barnhart, Monroe County Legislator
- Katherine Smith, past president of the League of Women Voters, Rochester Metropolitan Area