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Gerrymandering

Alex Wagner describes how gerrymandering makes America undemocratic:

In the election of 2012, Barack Obama won the state of Pennsylvania with 52 percent of the vote. Democratic House candidates won 51 percent of the vote. But Democratic House candidates won only 28 percent of the state’s seats. In North Carolina, Democratic House candidates won 50.6 percent of the vote, but Republicans seized 9 of the 13 congressional seats.
- Alex Wagner, When Republicans Draw District Boundaries, They Can’t Lose. Literally. (review of David Daley's Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy, NYT, June 21, 2016



Because the redistricting had provided “sandbags” against the Democratic wave that carried both Obama and liberal Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown to reelection victories in 2012, the Republicans held their advantage in state and federal seats. Though Ohioans cast only 52 percent of their votes for Republican congressmen, the resulting delegation to the House of Representatives consisted of twelve Republicans and four Democrats, or 75 percent Republican.

The question must be asked: Is that representative government?
- Elizabeth Drew, American Democracy Betrayed, New York Review of Books, Aug. 18, 2016



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