Should some North Dakotans get less political representation than others?

MINOT, N.D. — According to reporting from Jeremy Turley, a plan to subdivide a couple of North Dakota’s legislative districts is moving forward.

If you haven’t been paying attention to the redistricting process, here’s some background: The admittedly noble purpose of the subdivision plan is to give our state’s Native American communities a better chance of electing one of their own to the state assembly.

Currently, a legislative district is one chunk of geography served by one senator and two representatives.

Subdivision would split districts around tribal communities home to enough population to make it possible so that one district essentially serves the Native Americans and the other everyone else.

“We need to be at the table, and we need fair representation,” Lisa DeVille, a member of the MHA Nation who unsuccessfully ran for the North Dakota Senate last year as a Democrat, told the redistricting committee.

But is subdivision fair?

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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