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  •  Why is this kind of scheme not prohibited (9+ / 0-)

    under the aegis of Baker v. Carr ("one man, one vote")?

    I'm puzzled that the Democrats win a million more votes nationwide in House races, but they are in the minority by so many seats.  Then, in multiple states, urban votes must be worth substantially less than rural votes.  

    Isn't that constitutionally impermissible?  

    (BTW, this question is sincere, not snark.  I authentically don't get it.)

    For what is the crime of the robbing of a bank compared to the crime of the founding of a bank? - Brecht

    by Joe Hill PDX on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 03:56:31 PM PST

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    •  The RICO act (9+ / 0-)

      lists fraud, racketeering and money laundering specifically as illegal acts.

      Various parties within the GOP have run stealth campaigns where voting right's issues, for instance were never mentioned, then once in office, they eviscerated existing rules. Likewise women's rights. - fraud

      ALEC has written legislation which is essentially conspiratorial and designed to undermine existing legal structures. - racketeering

      Both activities have been financed by organizations that are supposedly non-profit, but have represented candidates, corporate interests, even individual donors to campaigns.  - money laundering

      can anyone say special prosecutor?

      "There is power in speaking up. We know the face of unfettered gun proliferation. Now it’s time to see more faces of regulation and restraint." - Charles Blow

      by Beastly Fool on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:18:33 PM PST

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      •  It takes an act of congress to assign (2+ / 0-)
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        a special prosecutor.  I doubt a House controlled by representatives of favorably gerrymandered districts is going to pass any such act.  I don't know whether the DOJ could even approach the issue, and even if it's possible I certainly wouldn't count on Holder to do it.

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:52:31 PM PST

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    •  Registered Voters Vs Population (4+ / 0-)

      Voting districts are based upon the number of people as determined by the National Census. This is a very different number then the number of Eligible Voters in a given area much less actual Registered Voters. This means that while all Districts have the same number of warm human bodies, the number of people who actually vote may vary widely. For example I live in OC, CA and our Democratic candidates only garner about a third of the vote but always have way more actual votes then the Democratic winner in the neighboring  District. This is because very few people who live in that District are citizens or if they are choose to vote, while a large percentage of people in my District are citizens who vote. The result is that a very large number of Democrats are lost in an even bigger see of Red and yes it sucks that in effect my vote counts less then those in other Districts with less Registered Voters.

      If we want to have fairer elections we really should amend the Constitution to have Districts drawn based upon an equal number of eligible voters with actual rules about making sure the percentage of people elected from a party tracks closely with the total number of votes that party gets.

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