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Gerrymanderingprez

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  • 1. Elbridge Gerry’s LegacyTaking the competition out of Politics
  • 2. 199219962000200420082012 Fewer Competitive Congressional Districts Congressional Districts What’s Happening Here? SOURCE: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/27/as-swing-districts-dwindle-can-a-divided-house-sta
  • 3. The Source of the ProblemState legislatures areresponsible forGerrymanderingthemselves and the USHouse of representativesThe Results...
  • 4. Why Draw a Map Like this?
  • 5. Why Draw a Map Like this? SOURCE:HTTP://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/WIKI/FILE:TRAVISCOUNTYDISTRICTS.PNG
  • 6. Redistricting is a political Process But its results can end debate SOURCE: http://www.politicalnewsnow.com/2011/11/24/REDISTRICTING-FEDERAL-COURT-ISSUES-PROPOSED-INTERIM-CONGRESSIONAL- DISTRICTS-FOR-2012-ELECTIONS-IN-TEXAS-WAPO/
  • 7. Does this Swing Elections? Probably not by Much incumbency is a much larger effecthttp://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/02/17/redistricting-didnt-win-republicans-the-house
  • 8. 199219962000200420082012 So Why should we Care? Where is the incentive for Political Debate or Compromise? SOURCE: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/27/as-swing-districts-dwindle-can-a- divided-house-stand