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  •  The problem with the congressional district method (0+ / 0-)

    is gerrymandering, because entire groups vanish when their districts are so arranged that either they are never a majority in any one district, or they are all jammed into one district when they could form a voice to be reckoned with in several if that were not done. Either way, the voice of a third of some states vanishes entirely, and the congressional district system makes those voices equally unheard in the Presidential election. That is how Jim Crow II works, now that minorities cannot simply be forbidden to vote.

    This is one way the parliamentary system works better since the seats are allocated among parties based on their percentage of the vote, so every constituency which meets the baseline number for one seat, gets a place at the table. In the recent Israeli election, which uses this method, the minimum for a seat was 2%, and every party which got more than that got at least one seat.

    As to the fairness to large cities, those cities have voters, and the proper question is fairness to those voters, since voters are by definition citizens who must be treated equally. Is it equally fair or unfair to you that rural areas control everything, where there are few voters per square mile?

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