Elections have consequences and the election of 2010 had more consequences than many elections because it was a census year. After a census, the House Congressional districts usually must be redrawn and the GOP legislatures in several states used the opportunity to Gerrymander districts in their favor. Essentially that is how the GOP managed to retain control of the House in the US Congress.
However, it gets worse. There is a move afoot in several states to award electoral votes to presidential candidates, not on the present winner take all basis, but on who carries each Congressional district. That would mean that Gerrymandering Congressional districts would affect the results of presidential elections. If that system were in effect in 2012, Mitt would have won.
We must pushback on the GOP effort to stack the deck in their favor. If we fail to do that, I would favor the elimination of the Electoral College. I live in a severely conservative state, Utah, and I feel that my vote in presidential elections does not matter. I would like to eliminate the concentration of campaign efforts in swing states so that everyone’s vote counts equally. One man/woman, one vote.
Please see Gerrymander
- “Line-Drawers’ Art”: The GOP’s Gerrymandered Advantages (mykeystrokes.com)
- Why John Boehner Has Gerrymandering to Thank for His Majority (motherjones.com)
- Ohio’s GOP Secretary of State Already Has A Plan To Rig The 2016 Election For Republicans (thinkprogress.org)
- Gerrymandering: as it declines – surprising results (davidbrin.wordpress.com)
- Gerrymandered Congress vs. majority rule (philebersole.wordpress.com)