FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2018
Contact: Elizabeth Battiste
Gov. Schwarzenegger endorses Voters Not Politicians to terminate gerrymandering, helping raise funds
Joins many Michigan Republicans in calling for non-partisan redistricting reform
Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Republican governor of California, is asking his friends and supporters to make contributions to Voters Not Politicians, the non-partisan campaign to replace Michigan’s broken redistricting system currently controlled by politicians by establishing an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.
“Gerrymandering is one of the greatest tricks that politicians have played on the American people,” said Schwarzenegger. “Voters don’t get to choose their politicians, politicians get to choose their voters, and it is hurting our democracy. In California, taking the power of drawing district lines away from the politicians has paid dividends for the people, and I’m so pumped up that Voters Not Politicians is fighting to end the scam of gerrymandering in Michigan. State by state, we will terminate gerrymandering once and for all.”
Schwarzenegger posted his support on Facebook which linked to a CrowdPAC page, titled “The Supreme Court has ruled. Now it’s up to us to terminate gerrymandering,” featuring a photo of Gov. Schwarzenegger speaking on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to express his concerns about the impact of partisan redistricting managed by politicians.
“We are proud Gov. Schwarzenegger, one of the Republican Party’s major voices on redistricting, has endorsed our ballot proposal and is committed to terminating gerrymandering,” said Katie Fahey, founder and executive director of Voters Not Politicians. “He joins our volunteers from across the political spectrum, former U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz, a board member, and numerous other former Republican lawmakers like Reps. Bill Bobier, Mickey Knight, Pan Godchaux and others in joining our nonpartisan cause.”
The Voters Not Politicians proposal contains similar elements to the California redistricting process, put in place by voters in that state with the support of a broad coalition including many Republicans and business leaders who were concerned about how the Democratic Party had gerrymandered the state to its benefit.
“As I speak to Republican groups and business groups around the state, I find a great deal of interest in a redistricting process that is transparent, nonpartisan, and run by citizens – not politicians,” said Schwarz. “Many Republicans are concerned about our broken, unstable electoral system, and reforming redistricting is an important first step in that process. We are pleased to have Gov. Schwarzenegger on our team.”
Fahey said the funding support from Schwarzenegger was appreciated. “We are prepared to welcome support from Republicans, Democrats, Independents, business groups, labor, individuals–- anyone who endorses our proposal and agrees that voters should choose their politicians – not the other way around,” she said. “We know that the more people know about how politicians currently manipulate lines for their benefit behind closed doors – and our solution to create a transparent, nonpartisan system, the more our support grows. But it takes money to provide that education, and we hope others from Michigan and around the nation will step up to assist.”
Voters Not Politicians is a nonpartisan, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to passing a state constitutional amendment to end partisan gerrymandering by taking politicians and lobbyists out of the redistricting process and putting Michigan citizens in charge through an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Learn more at www.votersnotpoliticians.com.