Gerrymandering

Gerrymander’s problems

  • It thwarts democratic elections. PA house representatives.
  • It exaggerates partisan differences.  Winning the primary, in which the most extreme political elements vote, is tantamount to winning the general election.

Drawing election districts should be removed from the sphere of political influence.  Two means of doing are

  • Make all house of representative elections in a state at-large votes
  • Enforce a rule that maximizes the cluster ratio

In PA, more votes were cast for Democratic candidates (2.795M) than Republicans (2.711M), but through gerrymandering only 5 Democratic were sent to this Congress while 13 Republicans were.

The map below shows the Gerrymander result in the 2012 PA election.

Gerrymander Results in 2012 PA Election

Gerrymander Results in 2012 PA Election

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