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  •  Good luck... (1+ / 0-)
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    Redistricting is mandated every decade, and the district-drawing is done by the states, with some supervision by the courts.

    Populations shift, and districts need to too. Given the realities of politics, there is and will ever be gerrymandering.

    At least, until we amend the constitution and allow people to choose their own representatives from state pools or similar.

    •  actually, since each state determines its (0+ / 0-)

      own method of redistricting, it's fairly trivial to design a ballot measure (for states that allow them) that would make gerrymandering almost impossible.

      the basic principle is simple to express in one sentence, though the final version would require tweaking (since, for example, most state constitutions don't, as far as i know, even formally recognize the existence of political parties): the redistricting must be done in a way such that if the same lines had been drawn in the previous election, the distribution of seats by party would have been as close as possible to the distribution of votes by party.



      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 12:01:25 PM PST

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