Deal at hand for independent, bipartisan redistricting commission in NH
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Republicans and Democrats in the state Legislature have struck a deal on legislation to create an independent redistricting commission to redraw electoral district maps after the 2020 census.
The goal is to prevent partisan “gerrymandering,” in which the party in power redraws district lines to benefit its incumbents and new candidates.
Republican Sen. James Gray of Rochester and Democratic Rep. Marjorie Smith of Durham unveiled the compromise at a Wednesday hearing before the Senate Election Law Committee on House Bill 706, a redistricting commission bill that cleared the House in late February.