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The Republicans Have Taken Control of the House By Gerrymandering OH, PA, MI, VA, NY

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  • Democrat
    San Diego, CA
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    Compare the popular vote Obama received to the percentage of Democrats in these states' delegations and you will see that by gerrymandering the districts, the Republicans have created power far in excess of their political base. In short, they've stolen the government. For instance, in Ohio, Obama received 52% of the vote, and there are 3 Democrats and 13 Republicans in Ohio's delegation to the House. Furthermore, if you look at the percentage of votes received by almost everyone in these districts, the winners receive over 62%, making all seats uncontested. We no longer have a democracy in this country. We have created district dictatorships, where each district belongs forever to one party. And, the Republicans have many more representatives than they would have had these states not gerrymandered the districts to create this result. We have moved far from what was intended as free and fair elections. The process has been rigged in advance to make sure that these districts will be represented for a surety by certain parties. That is not free nor fair elections. It violates the spirit and probably the law of due process.
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    Good point Marc, and I fully agree. The question is: What can be done about it? Do the Democrats have to hope for victory in these gerrymandered areas, and then redraw the districts themselves, or can this issue be decided and corrected in the courts?
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Very interesting indeed; since I know very little of American politics and being on this site for a while now, I get the creepy feeling that this country must be the most manipulating corrupt place around. I'm amazed that things still get done somehow. But I wonder about the "honest" people in this country do they get a chance at all? Sorry, but the elections alone were a "pure" money game; democratic countries do not use such tactics, seemingly only here is that possible. Shaking my old head again for the hundreds time.
  • Center Left
    Independent
    Central, FL
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    Marc,
    I agree this is so evil. Politicians have manipulated the process to an unbelievable point. It's amazing that it was allowed to happen. Who was a sleep at the wheel while this was done ? There should be standard rules in place that are just even and equal for all voters.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Well it's getting even worse. I might have read about this somewhere in this website, but Rachel Maddow had a segment the other day on what the Republicans plan to do win the Presidential vote with similar tactics. See this extract from the Maddow Blog:

    If you can't win elections, rig them

    "Rachel and MaddowBlog reported this week on the Republican State Leadership Committee and its Redistricting Majority Project, or REDMAP. To briefly recap, the Republican group freely admits -- boasts, even -- that if American voters had their way, there would be a Democratic majority in the U.S. House, but thanks to Republican gerrymandering, the party has successfully rigged the game.

    "The next step for the party is identifying key states -- including Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Ohio -- and changing the way they allocate electoral votes. In effect, after having "fixed" congressional district lines to guarantee success regardless of popular will, Republicans also intend to rig presidential elections, starting in 2016."


    Elections have consequences, and this variation of gerrymandering is the result of Democrats staying home on election day in 2010. Unfortunately we'll have to wait until the next census and the year 2020 to redistrict the lines back to a fairer representation. However, in the meantime if Republicans are successful in splitting the electoral college vote in key purple or blue states from winner take all to a proportional split, then they could win the Presidency but lose the popular vote by a huge margin.
  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    I think the solution is simple: Popular vote wins. That should be the ONLY number that matters. Would have drove me to vote in Texas if I knew that my vote would have counted toward one big pile over the other, as opposed to just going to my district, which has historically voted red. And, of course the same for Texas as well. That would do away with all of this. And stop politicians from completely ignoring some states and just largely focusing on the "swing states", over-flowing them with ad campaigns for months.

    But, I know this won't happen, possibly ever. Would be nice though. And, so much more fair in my opinion. Screw the electoral system. I mean, its a good idea, but clearly its highly munipulatable. Just my opinion. :)
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    Why hasn't this political tactic be challenged in court by one party or another over the last few DECADES?

    You do have to draw the district lines somewhere.

    Seems like a good argument that it historically has taken away one groups right to be represented.

    Seems like a good argument to not allow districts to change until the demographics change. Like every 10 years right after the census.

    And require a court to approve any changes to ensure this kind of abuse does not occur. Some criteria would have to be legislated.
    I would support popular vote for Presidential and Senatorial races. For Representatives it requires district with lines drawn. Where those lines are drawn determine who the winner of the popular vote is.
    yes, we should dump the electorial college. Outdated. The world is much smaller now.