If we are going to have an unbiased, nonpartisan commission to create voting districts, let’s actually set it up so representation is as local as possible.

There are some simple mathematical ways to create the smallest geographic districts possible with equal populations. One method is to determine how many districts are needed and divide the populations equally, and then require that the sum of the distances from each citizen to the center of his/her district be minimized.

Alternatively, the total length of the boundaries of the districts could be minimized. Either way, we will have districts that are as local as they can be, and the algorithms are simple to implement and completely unbiased.

Alan K. Jones, Millcreek