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View Diary: Gerrymandering, Electoral College by Congressional district, and the 17th Amendment. (100 comments)

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  •  Independent Commissions (7+ / 0-)

    I think this is the best way to combat gerrymandering.  Such a proposal was put forward in Minnesota, but swatted away by majority Republican legislators.  They lost their majority in both houses this election (because we have a D governor, so they couldn't gerrymander the districts), so Democrats could pass such a law while they have the majority.  I really think they should, because when the pendulum swings back the other way, everyone should know that the Republicans would mercilessly gerrymander everything.

    As mentioned below, gerrymanders sometimes backfire, thin margins are compromised by demographic changes, and their effect tends to weaken as time goes on, so I wouldn't give up on winning elections with the current boundaries, but Democrats need to enact the necessary changes in purple and blue states that work toward fairness.  Fairness is good for Democrats.

    •  Minnesota Redistricting (1+ / 0-)
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      wilderness voice

      I wasn't alive the last time the Minnesota legislature actually passed and had signed a redistricting plan. The courts drew the congressional lines in 1971, 1981, 1991, 2001 & 2011. They drew the legislative lines in those years (with the exception of 1991, when Gov Arne Carlson was late vetoing the plan).

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