One Degree wrote:Bullshit? So you think a Black neighborhood that voted Republican would still be targeted by Republicans in gerrymandering? What an irrational view. Republican equals racist? You have been reading too much liberal media.
You are delusional. Do you even understand how gerrymandering works ? @Drlee is 100% correct on his analysis.
Ill give you an imaginary example of how it is being used(because both parties are guilty of this by the way):
Let's say you have a state called " Gerry ".
This state has a population of 1 000 000 people.
To get elected in to whatever position you require majority of 10 000 votes per district which adds up to 100 positions/districts.
You are currently the majority party in the state but you know that the next election cycle is not going to go good. You are projected to loose 40% to 60%.
But thank the gods, the time to rewrite the districts have come.
So the election will come soon and you have an idea how it can play out. Time to redraw those pesky lines.
You take the districts and redraw them about knowing that you will get 400 000 votes. So lets see, with totally fair vote, you are going to loose but lets say you give yourself lines that can give you 75 districts that will give you around 5.300 votes in each and your opponents 4700. That is a decent margin 53 to 47 percent. Not the most comfortable lead but seems okay. You do not care about the other districts where your opponents are going to get nearly 100% of the vote.
So now you have 75 representatives elected with 40% of the vote. Which makes you the majority party again, although you got a lot less votes. While the party that got 60%, get only 25 representatives.
This is an extreme example. When the elections are close to 50-50 then it gets even better. Even small alteration to districts can significantly change the landscape.
Obviously this system can be MASSIVELY abused based on racial, social etc lines. If you don't wan't to loose a lot of the votes by you have to campaign for some shit policy then just make 1-2-3 districts with all the people who hate that policy.
Let us say, you are a candidate that is campaigning for chopping all trees down in the districts. So what do you do ? Put all of the tree huggers in couple of districts and spread your supporters among the rest. So the notion might not be extremely popular, it will probably still pass because you just stacked all the opposition in several districts while the other 80 districts will have the vote go your way 55 to 45....