What is Gerrymandering? Is there a solution?

Redpath

VIP Member
Joined
Oct 15, 2016
Messages
355
Reaction score
47
Points
68
Repubs couldn't get elected without it.

They have even admitted that.
 

Onyx

Gold Member
Joined
Dec 17, 2015
Messages
7,887
Reaction score
499
Points
155
It is when you redraw district lines in order to skew elections in one parties favor.

Republicans often defend it, not because they have a good case, but because they rely on it to survive.
 
OP
vasuderatorrent

vasuderatorrent

VIP Member
Joined
Jun 7, 2015
Messages
4,215
Reaction score
228
Points
85
Location
North Carolina
It is when you redraw district lines in order to skew elections in one parties favor.

Republicans often defend it, not because they have a good case, but because they rely on it to survive.
How do you stop it?
 

rightwinger

Award Winning USMB Paid Messageboard Poster
Gold Supporting Member
Joined
Aug 4, 2009
Messages
219,130
Reaction score
45,350
Points
2,190
It is when you redraw district lines in order to skew elections in one parties favor.

Republicans often defend it, not because they have a good case, but because they rely on it to survive.
How do you stop it?
Once we have a liberal court it will be taken care of
 

Onyx

Gold Member
Joined
Dec 17, 2015
Messages
7,887
Reaction score
499
Points
155
How do you stop it?
If you had a consolidated Democrat government, they could potentially write new laws to reduce it.

The Republicans would never support something like that, since it would destroy them.
 

eagle7_31

Gold Member
Joined
Mar 6, 2013
Messages
3,357
Reaction score
623
Points
245
How do you stop it?
If you had a consolidated Democrat government, they could potentially write new laws to reduce it.

The Republicans would never support something like that, since it would destroy them.
The demrats would just do their own gerrymandering like they always do when they control the process.
 

rightwinger

Award Winning USMB Paid Messageboard Poster
Gold Supporting Member
Joined
Aug 4, 2009
Messages
219,130
Reaction score
45,350
Points
2,190
How do you stop it?
If you had a consolidated Democrat government, they could potentially write new laws to reduce it.

The Republicans would never support something like that, since it would destroy them.
The demrats would just do their own gerrymandering like they always do when they control the process.
The courts will declare it unconstitutional and set standards for setting districts
 

eagle7_31

Gold Member
Joined
Mar 6, 2013
Messages
3,357
Reaction score
623
Points
245
How do you stop it?
If you had a consolidated Democrat government, they could potentially write new laws to reduce it.

The Republicans would never support something like that, since it would destroy them.
The demrats would just do their own gerrymandering like they always do when they control the process.
The courts will declare it unconstitutional and set standards for setting districts
Maybe in a thousand years,
 

Onyx

Gold Member
Joined
Dec 17, 2015
Messages
7,887
Reaction score
499
Points
155
The demrats would just do their own gerrymandering like they always do when they control the process.
They benefit from a couple gerrymandered districts, but overall eliminating it would position them as the dominant party for a long time.
 

L.K.Eder

unbannable non-troll
Joined
May 29, 2009
Messages
27,559
Reaction score
6,549
Points
280
Location
theartching thapphireth
Gerrymandering. Hm, lemme see. Many people are saying that it means changing stuff to emulate germany, but by folks who are barely literate.others have been reported to say that it is an amalgam of an amphibian and a new england guvnor. In any case, IT IS WRONG, and needs to be stopped at state level. So VOTE IN THE MIDTERMS AS WELL YOU MORONS.
 

eagle7_31

Gold Member
Joined
Mar 6, 2013
Messages
3,357
Reaction score
623
Points
245
The demrats would just do their own gerrymandering like they always do when they control the process.
They benefit from a couple gerrymandered districts, but overall eliminating it would position them as a dominant party for a long time.
More than a couple and its staying. Some states have do not gerrymander straight out. Iowa, North Carolina, New Jersey for starters.
 

Onyx

Gold Member
Joined
Dec 17, 2015
Messages
7,887
Reaction score
499
Points
155
More than a couple and its staying. Some states have do not gerrymander straight out. Iowa, North Carolina, New Jersey for starters.
No, it is only a couple. The Republicans do it far more, so much that they survive solely out of gerrymandering and low democrat voter turn out.

Unless there is some secret strategic reason, the Democrats would probably eliminate it somehow. It would cause net benefit for their party.
 

eagle7_31

Gold Member
Joined
Mar 6, 2013
Messages
3,357
Reaction score
623
Points
245
Maybe in a thousand years,
The United States would not survive that long, but why?

I see no reason why they would not do it.
Only in cases like Baker vs Carr in 1962. Gerrymandering has been with the country since the beginning. It has been challenged along the way by BOTH parties at various times. Court decision wise its not changed much and most likely won't in the near future.
 

OKTexas

Diamond Member
Gold Supporting Member
Joined
Sep 13, 2012
Messages
51,991
Reaction score
10,891
Points
2,070
Location
Near Magnolia, TX
Repubs couldn't get elected without it.

They have even admitted that.
Yeah right, that's why you regressives have used the courts to cut out minority districts. They give us real smart people in congress like shelia jackass lee. that dipshit that thought Guam would tip over, waters and many more morons.
 

eagle7_31

Gold Member
Joined
Mar 6, 2013
Messages
3,357
Reaction score
623
Points
245
More than a couple and its staying. Some states have do not gerrymander straight out. Iowa, North Carolina, New Jersey for starters.
No, it is only a couple. The Republicans do it far more, so much that they survive solely out of gerrymandering and low democrat voter turn out.

Unless there is some secret strategic reason, the Democrats would probably eliminate it somehow. It would cause net benefit for their party.
Hardly the case. Its only been in the last 20 years that the GOP has had a gerrymander advantage if want to call it that. The dems have and will use in the future just like the GOP when the opportunity presents itself.
 

IsaacNewton

Gold Member
Joined
Jun 20, 2015
Messages
17,309
Reaction score
3,662
Points
290
You need honest people to draw the districts regardless of party.

Good luck.
 

Onyx

Gold Member
Joined
Dec 17, 2015
Messages
7,887
Reaction score
499
Points
155
Hardly the case. Its only been in the last 20 years that the GOP has had a gerrymander advantage if want to call it that. The dems have and will use in the future just like the GOP when the opportunity presents itself.
Normally I would agree, if the Democrats only had a slight advantage without gerrymandering.

I believe it is something like over 60% of Americans lean Democrat, and they have majority support on most issues like abortion, gun control, ect.
 

Most reactions - Past 7 days

Forum List

Top