by Countable | 3.2.18
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In his 2016 State of the Union Address, Barack Obama urged lawmakers “to change the system to reflect our better selves” in order to create “a better politics.” Obama’s top suggestion? “We have to end the practice of drawing our congressional districts so that politicians can pick their voters, and not the other way around.”
So, how do we un-subvert it? Well, there’s a host of possible fixes. Check them out in our article: “So Many Possible Partisan Gerrymander Fixes, So Little Time.”
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Gerrymandering will be the end of our democracy as we know it. In my opinion
Gerrymandering is a problem. Politicians shouldn’t choose their voters. Districts shouldn’t be shaped like an animal or like a letter in the alphabet. Use natural boundaries and shape districts like rectangles and squares.
So Georgia is a “business friendly” state only if you give discounts to members of the NRA? Since when does our government mandate private or public companies to give discounts to any specific group of people? Are they now going to mandate discounts for members of the KKK? A Nazi is running as a Republican in Illinois so do they want a discount for them? I do not believe all members of the NRA are members of these two groups, but my point is that government should not be mandating discounts.
Politicians shouldn’t choose their voters. Gerrymandering is a problem. Districts shouldn’t be shaped like an animal or like a letter in the alphabet. Technology should enable us to no longer have an all or nothing electoral college either. The overall system including gerrymandering voting districts, electoral college, and perhaps most importantly the Russian interference needs to be fixed! Starting with the Russian interference! Do something and let a non partisan committee redraw the districts to be representative of the people.
The only way to end gerrymandering is to abolish the electoral system. Congress can do this. The question is, would they want to give up on cheating? Is there a fear of fairness? The electorate was created for the times of slavery and is inappropriate today. One person, one vote is how we move forward. Every vote for a candidate should count. District lines can be drawn based on population only, leaving party, race, etc. out of the mix.
Gerrymandering is the process of creating voting districts of like-minded people who can be served by like-minded representatives. This reduces the number of people who are not well represented within a voting district.
If you, my representative, truly care about having anything even remotely resembling democracy, then your NUMBER ONE priority will be to remove the systems that are destroying it. Then and ONLY then can we move forward. The four main factors are: 1. gerrymandering; work towards legislation that bans partisan gerrymandering as unconstitutional. 2. Electoral college; we do not have a true democracy as long as voting power is so lopsided, inaccurate, and easily manipulated. Work tirelessly to overturn it for fair and accurate voting. 3. Campaign finance; without public campaign finance, officials are beholden to powerful special interests and lobbyists before they even move into office. Remove money from the equation! 4. Voting rights; voter disenfranchisement is growing at horrifying rates. The right and ease to vote must be aggressively protected. Make elections a holiday and on a weekend.
Gerrymandering —- Will It ever cease? It’s my opinion that Gerrymandering is going to be with us as long as there are Democrats and Republicans controlling their states political machines. BOTH political parties will continue using Gerrymandering as a means of retaining control of voters who’d favor their agenda,
Look in the mirror my dear representatives and ask yourself this about gerrymandering... "If I have to cheat to win, is it possible there is something wrong with my politics?" Think.
It’s funny how people hate gerrymandering when their party seems to lose elections but when their party is winning gerrymandering is just part of the process.
Looks like Mueller is draining the swap!
Democracy in action... not about power/control but governing the people according to the constitution.
First of all, popular vote should decide elections! That’s called Democracy! If the Electoral College stays in place, numbers/mathematics should decide zones, not politics!!
Get rid of gerrymandering! Fair elections are the cornerstones of our democracy.
The truth will set you free, but may not for others. It is easier to remember the truth, then a lie. Is that why Trump is all over the map in his statements?
Yes we can solve gerrymandering! It’s called citizen control by population! Geez you guys need to see Betsy DeVos for some more unequal education!
Gerrymandering needs to be eliminated in order to live up to the constitution. If the founding fathers saw what abuses are going on today they would be rolling in their graves. Just because they didn’t foresee the level of changes we have made doesn’t mean we should not be true to the ethics and spirit of the constitution they wrote. The 115th congress is disgraceful!
Stop gerrymandering and let our vote be counted. Better yet, get rid of the electoral college.
As long as corrupt republicans are in charge decent hard working Americans are at risk. Once they start cheating they never turn back.
With respect to gerrymandering, I suggest we return to the way we as a country votes at the outset of the republic. Return the Electoral College to its original form. That way the President is the man with the most Electoral votes and the VP is the man with the second greatest amount. Have the state legislature pick the senators from each state. Rewind the House to the original way it was done. No districts. Simply a slate of vote seekers. The Founding Fathers went out of their way to AVOID direct election , to avoid letting the voters choose every position except their House representative s. As it stands Repubs are a political minority ruling a majority that rejects them as such. Rewind the clock and return to the founding system.