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  •  yep, that's their strategy (8+ / 0-)

    The problem is that there are so many potential solutions it seems hard to see that one will garner the support necessary to change the Constitution.

    Personally, I think I'm in favor of:

    Ranked Choice Voting
    Compulsory Voting

    I don't think I have a solution to gerrymandering. California has a different way of doing it, but I don't see that getting adopted Nationwide.

    •  They don't have to change the Constitution (5+ / 0-)

      to implement the electors change.

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      by gougef on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 12:51:22 PM PST

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    •  And the solution is real simple. (9+ / 0-)

      It's already clear that when the Republicans overreach and deny the franchise, the backlash will get them. Start a campaign to inform people of what's going on.

      Both OH and FL have well-hated Rep governors up for reelection in 2014, right? So leverage that and put constitutional amendments on the ballot mandating voting rights, banning gerrymandering in both state and federal districts, mandating all-or-nothing electoral votes (and joining the compact for the National Popular Vote), taking the redistricting process out of the hands of elected officials a la Iowa, and--and this is the key--moving the gubernatorial election to the presidential election year.

      There'll probably have to be lawsuits to enforce all that, but it will solve most of the problems. Do it in VA, GA, NC, TX, MI, PA, and IL and MD just to seem fair.

      •  I could swear that an anti-gerrymander… (0+ / 0-)

        …amendment was passed, and roundly ignored, in Florida.

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        by DemSign on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 01:01:08 PM PST

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        •  That's right (0+ / 0-)

          The legislature is so heavily Republican that there was no effective way to strictly enforce the "fair districts" amendment approved by voters.

          And in the end, florida voters will not hold the Legislatrure accountable for the abortion they called re-districting in 2010.  The final lines were still blatantly partisan, but there was insufficient political power to force change.

          In Florida, it doesn't matter what the law says so long as the plutocracy holds all the levers.

          •  Compared to others (0+ / 0-)

            Florida's lines are not too bad.  Dividing the Congressional reps 10-17 is far better than in purple and blue states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin.  Wisconsin is "only" 3-5, but the brual redistricting of state legislature and senate lines kept both red, despite pluralities in both.

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