Friday, November 05, 2010

Drawing Them Out

MSNBC front-pages the political consequences of Gerrymandering.

What alarms me the most is the casual nature at which this report discusses the ramifications of Gerrymandering. That, and the quick dismissal of the 2004 SCOTUS case that says Gerrymandering to protect incumbency or by political geography is legal. While some folks might pretend that issue into dismissal, Down South, we all know what that means.

Of course, the way we do things right now, certainly has its defenders.

More on this Here, and here.

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4 comments:

DADvocate said...

A map of famous gerrymandered district in North Carolina.

I wonder if you could have some kind of rule of proportion where the district couldn't be more than twice as wide in any direction as its most narrow point in any direction. I don't see any easy or clear answers to this problem.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

I like how Wikipedia doesn't mince words: "It is an example of gerrymandering."

Yep.

While there aren't easy or clear answers, the best way to find working answers is publicity. If enough people realized the affect gerrymandering has on our politics, the more possible solutions would be viable.

DADvocate said...

BTW - I didn't pick that one out because it's a Democratic district, but because I remember when it happened and how dramatic the example of the map looked.

Gerrymandering is a method the ruling class uses to undercut the will of the people and their votes. It's not 100% effective but it's contrary to democracy no matter who does it.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

I didn't think you did. It is an absurd district. It would be an absurd district whoever occupies that seat.

And you are absolutely right about the undemocratic nature of gerrymandering.

I see many different possible remedies. They'll all have their issues, but they'll be better than this nonsense.

Mavric mentioned the idea of the slate vote: votes recieved proportion a list of representatives whose order of election is decided on in the primary. It could be hell to organize, but it is all front-end organization.

On the other hand, we could just use more rational geographic and demographic information to determine districts.

Or we could add to the number of Congressmen who represent their populations, allowing smaller districts.

But I'm just brainstorming.