Items tagged with: gerrymandering

#gerrymandering = selectively and intentionally giving particular people stronger voting power than others, inherently UN-democratic
"On the other hand, Trump’s future isn’t quite as indisputably bright as he’d have you believe. We’re looking at two separate problems." https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/07/18/national-polls-dont-mean-much-heres-why/ #gerrymandering
National Polls Don’t Mean Much. Here’s Why.
Super #gerrymandering https://fair.org/home/this-is-designed-to-shape-the-electorate-to-retain-political-power/ so #gop 'wins' even when it loses
‘This Is Designed to Shape the Electorate to Retain Political Power’
This systemic #gerrymandering gave the world #bush and #trump
After #SupremeCourt Refusal, It’s Up to the People to End #Gerrymandering https://truthout.org/articles/after-supreme-court-refusal-its-up-to-the-people-to-end-gerrymandering/
After Supreme Court Refusal, It’s Up to the People to End Gerrymandering
States Move to Take Over Fight Against #Gerrymandering https://www.truthdig.com/articles/states-move-to-take-over-fight-against-gerrymandering/ vote theft by another name, a long word
States Move to Take Over Fight Against Gerrymandering
"By a 5 to 4 vote, in a decision by Justice Roberts, the Supreme Court today said it cannot decide the question of partisan #gerrymandering in federal courts." https://boingboing.net/2019/06/27/partisan-gerrymandering-upheld.html so the elections are a sham. You lose when winning.
Partisan Gerrymandering Upheld by Supreme Court
John Hummel - Thu Jun 27 21:40:41 +0000 2019 GMT
Conservative justices decide courts cannot protect democracy from gerrymandering
Supreme Court says federal courts don’t have a role in deciding partisan gerrymandering claims

Liberal justices were not happy about this:

And we shouldn't be happy about it either. Effectively, SCOTUS decided that no one need protect democracy in the US. This decision goes right along with the sentiment behind Citizens United: Democracy doesn't matter, and whoever holds the power should continue to hold the power, the will of the people be damned.
So politicians will continue to be free to choose their electorate, rather than the electorate choosing their representatives. Politicians in the US need not even to represent the people, a reality now acknowledged, embraced, enshrined, and immortalized by SCOTUS.
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Manipulating election outcomes by #gerrymandering (how #trump became president with 3 million fewer votes than his 'opponent')
The United States does not have a democracy. Few privileged people elect the president, based on #gerrymandering among constituents who participate in a profoundly rigged 'two'-party race
Electoral Politics Versus Democracy
How #VoterSuppression & #Gerrymandering Cleared the Path for Unprecedented #Abortion Bans
Elections already dead in the US. You can 'win' with 3 million fewer votes than your opponent and it gets even worse. #gerrymandering
Illusion of #voting and #democracy goes beyond #votingsystem back doors, #votersuppression and #gerrymandering (not to mention two-party duopoly with overlapping policies)
The Day People Disappeared and a New Strategy for Stealing Votes
#michigan #gerrymandering
Calling systemic and deliberate #gerrymandering anything "college" is an insult to higher education and colleges even outside the US
#gerrymandering as an institutional, intentional design in the US 'democratic' system
Multiple Senators Back Proposals to Abolish the Electoral College
The Partisan #Gerrymandering Cases That Could Shape the Future of Southern #Politics
'Legalised', institutional #gerrymandering
How can anyone -- except shameless cheaters -- still defend blatant, systemic #gerrymandering ?
How about fixing the American electoral system?
Some issues we got in most Western countries by the way...
#Gerrymandering #VoterSuppression #MoneyInPolitics #QualifiedPersonelOnly
#Corruption #Gerrymandering #MoneyinPolitics
After Years of Republican Rule, the House Takes on Voting Rights

Supreme Court could legalise (and worsen) #gerrymandering

Although Kennedy’s replacement, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, did not decide any gerrymandering cases as a lower-court judge, his general disposition lines him up with the other conservatives on the Court who believe that the judiciary has no business policing gerrymandering. In the Maryland and North Carolina cases the Court just took, both lower courts were willing to act as the police. Because of a procedural quirk, a decision by the Supreme Court not to hear these cases would have counted as an acknowledgment that the lower courts got the question right. So there’s every reason to expect 5–4 reversals unless a conservative justice or two goes rogue, or gets cold feet.

Now, I imagine that abortion rights - which have been deterred in Ohio already - could be the least problem we are going to have with Brett Kavanaugh. Imagine that he could be the key player in legalising and worsening gerrym... Show more...
"Both Dubya #Bush and #Trump lost the popular vote but managed to become president." https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/01/02/a-road-trip-across-the-american-south-with-politics-in-mind/ #gop #gerrymandering continues to date
A Road Trip Across the American South With Politics in Mind

American "democracy" is at stake

The inflection point is not just President Drumpf and his administration’s conduct writ large, but the coming reckoning over whatever it is that Robert Mueller ends up finding after rooting around in felonious life and times of Donald J. Drumpf. “We are on the eve of the conclusion of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation and the House’s commencement of investigations of the president and his administration,” the letter reads. “The likely convergence of these two events will occur at a time when simmering regional conflicts and global power confrontations continue to threaten our security, economy and geopolitical stability.”

In my opinion, the corrupted American policies and state system should just crash and either lead to a freer society which is built without a state but on the basis of small, self-governing communes that cooperate with each other if they wish to, or a new state that will work smoothly, without people like Donnie to be able to take an office, and... Show more...

Republicans for the (selected) American people

Rather than accept the will of the voters, who empowered the new governor to take the reins of the state government, Republicans entrenched their influence and undermined gubernatorial authority in an effort to avoid and undermine democratic accountability.
Instead of allowing power to shift without contest, Republicans in both states are now fighting rear-guard actions to strip authority from these offices, using “lame duck” sessions to launch what are effectively legislative coup d’états.
In Wisconsin, GOP lawmakers have advanced bills to sharply limit the power of the incoming governor, Tony Evers. The measures will restrict his ability to run public benefits programs and curb his authority to set rules on the implementation of state laws. They’ve also placed a legislative veto on any effort to ban guns from the state capitol and ended gubernatorial control over the Walker-created agency that uses taxpayer-funded loans and subsidies to attract out... Show more...
The latest The New Urban Daily! https://paper.li/bradenslen/new-urbanism?edition_id=f9138720-7ebf-11e8-8af9-0cc47a0d164b Thanks to @ReidDave #gerrymandering
The latest The New Urban Daily! https://paper.li/bradenslen/new-urbanism?edition_id=f9138720-7ebf-11e8-8af9-0cc47a0d164b #energy #gerrymandering
The latest The New Urban Daily! https://paper.li/bradenslen/new-urbanism?edition_id=f2ed8ff0-6cac-11e8-bde7-0cc47a0d164b Thanks to @theurbanvision #gerrymandering
The latest The New Urban Daily! https://paper.li/bradenslen/new-urbanism?edition_id=f2ed8ff0-6cac-11e8-bde7-0cc47a0d164b #wipolitics #gerrymandering
The European Patent Office: From Patent Maximalism to #Corruption and #Gerrymandering http://techrights.org/2018/05/30/epo-corruption-and-gerrymandering/ #epo is a rogue institution
Did #battistelli buy your vote too? It's equal in weight to that of #germany
#gerrymandering #epo #cyprus
See http://techrights.org/wiki/index.php/EPO
The #gerrymandering must be addressed; in the case of #epo for example the corrupt #battistelli has, in effect, been buying votes of 'cheap' countries
#trump is such a grotesque person that even against a terrible person like HRC he lost the popular vote by 3 million. Many people choose to forget that had he run against an actually decent person, he'd have lost by a landslide, #gerrymandering notwithstanding.
Tories in new race row over identity checks for elections - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/21/identity-checks-election-disenfranchise-ethnic-minorities this is #gerrymandering in a more subtle form - exactly what the Republicans do in the US
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