Republicans Rigging Elections by Gerrymandering
Most Americans have never heard of Gerrymandering and are unaware that Republicans has rigged elections in their favor for years to come through gerrymandering.
Republicans injected $30 million, much of it from dark money contributions into state races in 2010, often targeting vulnerable blue state Democrats in races that wouldn’t otherwise draw a lot of national funding. The plan was called REDMAP (full story here).
When the midterm elections were done, Republicans had gained unilateral control of 11 state legislatures, upping their total to 25. Between then and the 2012 elections, GOP lawmakers in these states had largely undisputed power over redrawing congressional districts. This helped allow Republicans to maintain control of the House, even though Democrats received over 1 million more votes.
The Republican State Leadership Committee issued a memo stating “Controlling the redistricting process in these states would have the greatest impact on determining how both state legislative and congressional district boundaries would be drawn. Drawing new district lines in states with the most redistricting activity presented the opportunity to solidify conservative policymaking at the state level and maintain a Republican stronghold in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next decade.”
Through Gerrymandering, Republicans has made it almost impossible to be removed from office in some districts. Since they feel safe from being removed from office, they have no motivation to compromise. They are pursuing radical right wing agendas such as cutting assistance to the poor, cutting planned parenthood funding and passing anti-aborting “War on Women” legislation when the majority of Americans do not support these actions.
Republicans are destroying democracy by Gerrymandering districts. As you can see from the graph above, a disproportionate number of Republicans were “elected” in relation to votes cast.
This is something you would expect in a Banana Dictator Republic, not the United States of America.
Rachel Maddow on Republican Gerrymandering and Disproportionate Representation
Politicians picking their voters is unconstitutional. Gerrymandering is an assault on Democracy.
This is yet another example of how Republicans rig elections… how they don’t give a dam about the will of the American people and how they use tactics to win, regardless of how unethical and unscrupulous the tactics may be.
Republican Gerrymandering Ruled Unconstitutional
UNTIL GERRYMANDERING IS MADE ILLEGAL, THERE WILL BE NO DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA
Florida Court Declares One Of The Worst Partisan Gerrymanders In The Country Unconstitutional – http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/07/11/3459082/florida-court-declares-one-of-the-worst-partisan-gerrymanders-in-the-country-unconstitutional/
Saving Democracy in Florida – http://newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/saving-democracy-florida
The Great Gerrymander of 2012 – http://nytimes.com/2013/02/03/opinion/sunday/the-great-gerrymander-of-2012.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0