The US should amend the Constitution to put an end to gerrymandering and protect our democracy

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  1. bear513

    bear513 Diamond Member

    Apr 21, 2012
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    Another retarded opinion piece, where do these guys come up with this crap?

    How about a constitutional amendment for:

    Baning murder




    Holding up the line at the check out

    People picking their nose


    Good god who will be the judge and jury to prevent gerrymandering?

    As I always said close one loop hole , you just opened up a 100 more

    The US should amend the Constitution to put an end to gerrymandering and protect our democracy

    Past efforts at addressing the practice have been waged principally for partisan advantage. For example, New Hampshire's Republican Gov. Chris Sununu last month vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have established a citizen commission to protect voters from rigging districts to create a partisan outcome.

    In Michigan, the state's former Republican governor is using the courts to fight a similar bill which was overwhelmingly approved by Michigan's voters. In both New Hampshire and Michigan, nonpartisan redistricting was believed to benefit Democrats.

    Similarly, former President Barack Obama recently put his energy behind the efforts of All On The Line, an affiliate of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, with the stated mission of "One Person. One Vote."

    An analysis of their 10 priority states shows that all but one of those targets have legislatures controlled by Republicans, meaning that All On The Line's priority is not ending gerrymandering but ending gerrymandering in states where Republicans get to draw the lines.

    Their efforts noticeably skip over America's most gerrymandered state, Maryland, which has systematically disenfranchised Republican voters. Six of the 10 most gerrymandered states, like West Virginia or Kentucky, are also not targets, for the obvious reason that fair redistricting for Republican dominated states would not yield additional congressional seats for Democrats.
  2. watchingfromafar

    watchingfromafar Silver Member

    Aug 6, 2017
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    US should amend the Constitution to put an end to gerrymandering and protect our democracy
    That sounds grandiose considering the fact that everyone has a different definition of “gerrymandering"; but I do agree with your premise.

    In your own words, please define the term gerrymandering?
    could it be--
    Gerrymandering (/ˈdʒɛrimændərɪŋ/ JERR-ee-mand-ər-ing)[1] is a practice intended to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating district boundaries.

    The term is named after Elbridge Gerry, who, as Governor of Massachusetts in 1812, signed a bill that created a partisan district in the Boston area that was compared to the shape of a mythological salamander.
    Gerrymandering - Wikipedia

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