In the 2016 Presidential election Donald Trump got 62,984,825 votes, Hillary Clinton got 65,853,516 votes over 2 million more votes than Donald Trump but on January 20th it was Donald Trump sworn in as President. In 2012, despite the fact that Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives won 1.1 million more votes than Republicans, Republicans maintained control of the House. What’s wrong with this picture? Does American democracy no longer mean one person one vote? Does majority rule no longer exist in America?
The redrawing of district boundaries every 10 years is designed to ensure that Congress and state legislatures are representative. But all too often redistricting is not used by elected officials to safeguard electoral fairness, but to manipulate boundaries and stack the deck in favor of a political party or incumbent candidates.
This is called gerrymandering and it is a big problem in America. New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice has done extensive studies and concluded gerrymandering impacts communities across the country. Underrepresented minority communities are often hit the hardest when redistricting dilutes their political influence and makes it hard to gain a foothold in our democracy.
With technology now making it possible to draw maps with highly accurate precision, the result is a political system where most electoral battles are fought in primaries and elected officials more and more seem to cater to the partisan extremes that dominate those contests. It’s no wonder then that citizens are left feeling increasingly that their votes — and voices — don’t matter.
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