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The House of Representatives is supposed to be the people's house. But gerrymandering has produced a highly non-representative body.

A preliminary analysis of voting for the 2012 U.S. House of Representatives has found that more Americans voted for Democrats than Republicans. Nonetheless, Republicans will hold about 10% more seats in the House of Representatives.

In practice, this is what it gerrymandering looks like for the 2012 election.




An important electoral reform is for state's to implement non-partisan drawing of district lines, as Iowa has done.

For comparison's sake, here's how Iowans voted for their Representatives.


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  •  I agree with you, but it will never be done ... (3+ / 0-)
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    RUNDOWN, distraught, Mannie

    on a state-by-state basis, because both parties try to gerrymander, and if, for example, a majority Dem state moves to non-partisan reapportionment, the majority party there will suffer, but there will be no corresponding suffering by the minority party there in other states where it's a majority and that continue to gerrymander.

    I absolutely DETEST Maryland's congressional districts, but I voted for them anyway, because basically gerrymandering Roscoe Bartlett out of his seat is the only response to Republican gerrymandering in other states.

    Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

    by leevank on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 08:52:19 AM PST

  •  Yep OH votes 1:1, House 3:1 R nt (4+ / 0-)
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    distraught, Twodaiquiris, Mannie, ZackB

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 08:53:58 AM PST

  •  Totally agree with you on this. (5+ / 0-)

    Gerrymandering fosters extremism, lack of accountability, and corruption since most seats are safe seats. Representatives have little incentive to serve those who disagree with them.

    I lived in a Republican gerrymandered district in New York State for many years, and my job at the time required me to use the most recent government data. My first Republican Congressman was a right-wing extremist but old school, so his office helped me get the information I needed (this was before it became widely available on the internet) despite the fact that I was a registered Democrat. When he retired, his right-wing extremist successor promised the information but never followed through. I ended up getting it from a relative in a Democratic district. Ultimately, I moved into a district with a friendly Democratic Congressman.

    Representatives should listen to and serve all their constituents because they are constituents, but partisan gerrymandering leads them to serve their national parties instead.

    •  A question I have is... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...whether it's worth appealing to Republican state reps, or if the effort should be entirely on finding Democratic majorities that can push through non-partisan reforms.  Looking at the SoS's from Ohio, Penn and seeing the way the Walker regime works in my home state it seems like any attempt to work on Republican reps would be a wasted effort and a waste of resources.

      The point is, I don't want to hope for a Democratic majority in 2020 so we can gerrymander things to our favor.. I want a Democratic majority that will push through non-partisan reforms, in 2014 or ASAP, even if those reforms would only come into effect in the 2020 round.

  •  I changed the title a couple of times... (0+ / 0-)

    I'll leave it as is now.

  •  That's the problem with (2+ / 0-)
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    Party before people - the people need to speak up for this.

    The Dems in CA will be just as hard pressed for reform because of their super majority.

    Iowans tend to take their politics very seriously, and were able to craft a fair solution.

    If not us ... who? If not here ... where? If not now ... when?

    by RUNDOWN on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 09:00:57 AM PST

  •  This is really important to discuss (1+ / 0-)
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    I was actually thinking about this as I was driving home from Massachusetts last night (I had gone up there to help out the Elizabeth Warren Senate bid). As I thought about how many big Senate races we won, how we basically had an electoral college blowout in the presidential AND won the popular vote there--how the hell is it that the GOP has like a forty seat majority in the House still? The people's house for crying out loud!

    So I started doing some google searches for "total house votes" and so on and found the article you referenced at the beginning here.

    The losses of 2010 will sadly be with us for eight more years when the next census is done. Thankfully 2020 is a presidential year, which usually is better for Dems. But there is no reason that districts should be this rigged on either side. I would let computers do it over this.

    "What is essential is invisible to the eye."

    by greywolfe359 on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 09:53:40 AM PST

  •  Absolutely and we don't really need an analysis. (0+ / 0-)

    We need political will and where the heck is that going to come from?  

  •  What can be done about it? (1+ / 0-)
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    This is a serious problem. Don't care if "Democrats do it too" - needs to be fixed. But does anyone have suggestions, solutions? Perhaps coordinated state office campaigns in 2014, where candidates pledge gerrymander reform, in the same way that dkos coordinated the campaigns of several senators predicated on filibuster reform (quite successfully)? Can districts be redrawn before 2020?

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