- Most redistricting commissions are not truly "independent." Commissioners are usually legislators or legislative appointees.
- As a result, most commission-produced plans are not significantly different from those produced by legislatures. The great majority appear to be partisan or bi-partisan gerrymanders.
- The commission proposal supported by the Governor and on the November 8 special election ballot is unique in several respects. Most importantly, it entails significantly greater separation of commissioners from elected officials.
I will add that I don't necessarily think the legislature and everything related to it is absolutely incapable of good-government redistricting - nor are judges the be-all-and-end-all of non-partisan, disinterested reason. And there's still that mid-decade thing in Ted Costa's measure. Oh, and the Ted Costa thing in Ted Costa's measure.
Still . . . .