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  •  Can anyone help me? (1+ / 0-)
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    martini

    I'd really like to find some good resources showing what gerrymandering has gone on over the past decade or so.

    Anyone?

    We are the change we have been waiting for.

    by mellowinman on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 02:59:50 PM PST

    •  Big project (2+ / 0-)
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      martini, Words In Action

      There were plenty of diaries here during the redistricting following the 2010 census, but I think one big difficulty is identifying the kind of gerrymandering being done.  Specifically, who benefits disproportionately by the district topology? Politicians have easy access to data that allows them to press their thumbs down on the scales, and get away with it, especially since the minority representation issue actually helps Republicans, IMO.

      Sorry, but I 'm not even sure how to start.

      I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

      by tle on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 03:40:28 PM PST

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    •  The elections subsite covers these issues (3+ / 0-)
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      Deejay Lyn, Words In Action, IreGyre

      They've got all the new maps, with presidential numbers for all districts and the number of people redistributed between districts. Gerrymandering is probably the #2 issue there behind elections themselves.

      Male, 22, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02. "You're damn right we're making a difference!" - Senator-Elect Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison)

      by fearlessfred14 on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 11:24:23 PM PST

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    •  In the past decade or so? (2+ / 0-)
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      Deejay Lyn, Words In Action

      The Official U.S. Census happens every ten years, so states adjust and redraw boundaries after the Census numbers come out (both of these things are required by the U.S. Constitution).

      If you want examples of gerrymandering, you'll need to look at what happened after the censuses of 2010, 2000, 1990, etc. (Yes, there was a gerrymander in Texas between 2000 and 2010, but that usually doesn't happen in other states.)

      But the angle said to them, "Do not be Alfred. A sailor has been born to you"

      by Dbug on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 11:33:25 PM PST

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