Gerrymandering: Plurality Voting System and Redistricting Game

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U.S. Redistricting; The Disregard of Public Policy Introduction In the United States, each state is divided into a number of districts proportional to the population of that state. Within each district, an election is held every two years; it is the winners of these elections that comprise the U. S. House of Representatives. Every ten years, in response to the national census, the states are re-divided into districts to ensure equal representation in the House of Representatives; this redrawing of districts is called redistricting. Redistricting is one of the oldest acts of democratic governance in the United States. Redistricting also has a crucial impact on the outcome of Congressional electoral campaigns. The majority of states…show more content…
If the congressional or SBOE (State Board of Education) bill is vetoed and cannot be overridden, the governor may call a special session to consider the matter, or the matter may be taken up in state or federal district court (3). In concluding the Partisan Gerrymandering simulation, was my party successful in re-districting to meet all of the Supreme Court, State Legislature, Governor’s and Courts ruling requirements? Our nation's reliance upon winner-take-all elections and single member districts for Congressional elections without national standards has left our voting process open to the abuses of unfair partisan gerrymandering. In the Partisan Gerrymandering simulation game I played, I found that it was more difficult to draw my party lines due to the fact there were many voters that were opposite of my political views. I really had to Gerrymander to win my districts, but I did in the best interests of my constituents (or at least that’s what my created politician would think!). The Court ruling on my plan stated that I did not meet compactness laws but it was still approved. As far as the current laws on gerrymandering, six justices in 2006 produced 123 pages of opinions, without any five of them able to agree on how to define an unconstitutional gerrymander. Politicians of both parties said that the ruling over the 2003 Congressional

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