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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 11:49 AM

How Republican gerrymandering effectively wiped out 1.7 MILLION Democratic votes

As ThinkProgress previously reported, Republicans so effectively gerrymandered congressional maps before the 2012 election that Democratic House candidates would need to win the national popular vote by over 7 points in order to win back the House. Last November, the American people preferred Democratic House candidates to Republican House candidates by almost 1.4 million votes, yet Republicans still hold a substantial House majority due in large part to partisan gerrymandering.

A new study by Princeton molecular biologist and neuroscientist Sam Wang digs deeper into the effect of the Republican gerrymander, and finds that the gerrymanders in seven states were so powerful that they are the equivalent of 1.7 million Democrats simply deciding not to show up at the polls:

Gerrymandering is a major form of disenfranchisement. In the seven states where Republicans redrew the districts, 16.7 million votes were cast for Republicans and 16.4 million votes were cast for Democrats. This elected 73 Republicans and 34 Democrats. Given the average percentage of the vote it takes to elect representatives elsewhere in the country, that combination would normally require only 14.7 million Democratic votes. Or put another way, 1.7 million votes (16.4 minus 14.7) were effectively packed into Democratic districts and wasted.


Such gerrymanders can exist because five conservative justices refused to block partisan redistricting in a case called Vieth v. Jubelirer.


Story with LINKS:

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/02/04/1534201/study-republican-gerrymandering-cost-democrats-17-million-votes-in-just-7-states/

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ProfessionalLeftist Feb 2013 OP
former9thward Feb 2013 #1
Botany Feb 2013 #2
Bandit Feb 2013 #4
Botany Feb 2013 #5
Redfairen Feb 2013 #3

Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 11:58 AM

1. It is far, far more complicated than just gerrymandering.

Democrats tend to be concentrated in small areas. Republicans are spread out. As an example of this Obama only won 22% of the counties in the U.S. Even if there was no gerrymandering there would be a big imbalance in the districts. Democrats have effectively packed themselves into small districts.

In addition the Voting Rights Acts hurts Democratic votes. The VRA demands that majority-minority districts be created were possible. These means district mappers must pack large numbers of Democrats (70% or more) into districts to ensure minorities can elect representatives. This allows Republicans to be spread around elsewhere.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:16 PM

2. Tell me about; here in Ohio Obama and Brown by comfortable margins and yet ...

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..... only 4 out of 16 congressional seats are held by democrats and we have
more democrats then republicans Ohio citizens .... "they" have to cheat to win.

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Response to Botany (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:45 PM

4. Senators and Presidents are elected by everyone in the state, Representatives are elected by

their districts only.. If districts are Gerry-mandered so Republicans are the majority in such districts then they will win no matter how many people in the state would have voted. It is also how they elect their Legislators, by district.....That is why they can control those states....

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Response to Bandit (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 05:09 PM

5. " Senators and Presidents are elected by everyone in the state, Representatives are elected by ...

... their districts only."

r you cereal-less? thanx i didn't know that.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:50 PM

3. k/r*

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