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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Gerrymandering

Rachel Maddow did a segment last night (found here) about gerrymandering in various states and I thought I would share in order to get some YA reaction.

No doubt that the D's would have engineered favorable voting districts for themselves if they could have, but that fact that there is such disparity between the popular vote tallies and number of representatives from the respective parties doesn't sit well with me.

I don't want to sound all "sour grapes" about my party not winning more seats, and should note that I was equally unsettled when some of the TV pundits were predicting an Obama win in the electoral college and a Romney win in the popular vote.

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  1. Excellent question. For my thoughts on the Electoral College question see Oct 31 of this year. The structure there means that there is no problem in my mind in a disparity between the EC and the popular vote. (Although I would not mind killing the EC by amendment.)

    The difference between the distribution of the House seats and the distribution of the total vote for all house members is quite different and not good. The reverse happened in Texas a few years ago in which the Rs were getting 60% of the total house votes and only 40% of the Texas house seats.

    This year (Nationally) the dems got 1/2% more votes but the reps got about 6% more of the house seats.

    As you say, both sides do it and have done so forever. However, it is getting worse and it is contributing to the creation of "extreme districts" which can be counted on to produce a member who is sure of reelection and therefore has no compromise in DC.

    However, it is not done everywhere. In Nebraska the redistricting is done by a computer program -you can mess around with them too, but you don't have to and it can solve this problem.

    How did Nebraskans get their politicians to give up that power? I don't know.

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