Andrea Mulrine has an editorial in the Morning Call, PA about how redistricting reform effects citizens:
Two consequences of gerrymandering may be less obvious but deserve consideration.First, a lack of competitive elections breeds voter apathy and reduced civic participation. Why become involved when the result is predetermined? Why volunteer or vote? Why become a candidate to run on a losing party ticket?
Second, gerrymandering contributes to the division and gridlock which has dominated political discourse in recent years. When a safe district disenfranchises the opposing party, favored candidates have no need to reach out to swing voters or engage in the bipartisan negotiation and compromise often needed to solve pressing problems like access to quality education or affordable health care.