How to steal an election: A visual guide!
Regardless of your party affiliation, you'll agree politics is in a terribly polarized state at the moment. Among the big contributors to this sad reality is gerrymandering. The practice of drawing election districts to suite one political party.
The graphic below does a great job of explaining this, simply.
How does this influence elections: In Pennsylvania, in 2012, Democrats won 51 percent of the popular House vote. But the only won 5 out of 18 House seats -- fewer than one third. This was because when Pennsylvania Republicans redrew the state's Congressional districts, they made highly irregular districts.
To be crystal clear, both parties do this. If you want to see a real example of this insanity: Poster child: Illionis: https://goo.gl/KGN6ns
With districts gerrymandered into safe districts or to lean one way or the other, there is less of an incentive to solve for everyone in the district. You solve for your people, screw the other side.
The good news is that in some states, like California, independent commissions are drawing districts. This is great.
The better news is that we should simply take humans out of the equation. There is software now that can do this way, way, better: https://goo.gl/wxiFsp
Though, given current political realities, I give that a snowballs chance in hell of happening.
Every voter should have a meaningful vote in every election, and their Political Representatives truly solve for all their constituents. This is not true for America today.
You might not realize this, but for the Nov 2016 elections 85% of the seats in the US House of Reps are "truly safe" (non-competitive). This is not great for our wonderful democracy.
Let's all care a bit more, let's support www.fairvote.org