Gerrymander part 2

English: Electoral college map for the 2012, 2...

English: Electoral college map for the 2012, 2016 and 2020 United States presidential elections, using apportionment data released by the US Census Bureau. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

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3 thoughts on “Gerrymander part 2

  1. Yeah, unfortunately I’ve seen comments saying that we need to switch to the district system for Presidential voting so that “the blind masses in the cities don’t control the vote.” Never mind that there are much larger amounts of voters living in those metropolitan areas. Wouldn’t this essentially mean that the guy with the smaller popular vote would always win?

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