Letter: Ever wonder why polling places changed?

To the Editor:

I got to know Vicki Tesoro during the 2012 redistricting effort when I agreed to assist Vicki and the entire Redistricting Committee with data, maps, and technology to make the process more transparent and easier to understand.

Vicki’s goal as a minority committee member was to develop a plan that kept and rebalanced our seven districts, maintained minority representation, and minimized change and confusion for voters.

As it turned out, the republican-dominated Redistricting Committee’s main objective was quite different. Their goal was to create a majority party elected from a reduced number of districts (now 4) that can now occupy an 17 out of 21 seats in the Town Council.

Think about that!  All of the most important votes on our Town Council require a supermajority of 14 votes, so a 17-member majority has absolute and uncontested power for overriding vetoes, holding executive session, or appointing members of our Ethics Commission.

Across the country, redistricting committees have increasingly become a distasteful political tool used to silence dissent. Trumbull has become a case in point. Our voting system now operates so that an unhampered majority, elected from fewer carefully-crafted districts, need not bother with the minority party on anything at all.

Vicki believes that, for the sake of both parties and for the long-term operational effectiveness of the town, Trumbull needs a referendum concerning voting districts in order to return to a more balanced democratic plan for our town. I certainly agree.

Please join me in supporting a return to inclusive community government by voting for Vicki Tesoro for first selectman.

Richard W. White