You’ve Been Gerrymandered

Just to demonstrate that gerrymandering slices both ways…

Republicans of Legislative District 15

            FROM THE MALL TO THE MOUNTAINS

The Washington Post put the case for reform of Maryland’s electoral map rather well in a November 16 editorial chastising Democrats for their “…grotesque gerrymandering of the state’s congressional districts…” As the Post said “…the congressional map they drew following the 2010 census is a study in political cynicism…a crazy quilt of comically contrived districts in which voters are treated as pawns in an insiders’ game.”

Not Bethesda Not Bethesda

Indeed, when you next go shopping at Montgomery Mall pause a moment and reflect that you are literally standing on the eastern edge of the Sixth Congressional District and that the western edge is closer to Pittsburgh than Bethesda. Where, you might ask, is the common interest that argues for such an oddly-shaped district?

The analytics firm Azavea mapped all 435 U.S. congressional districts to determine the degree of gerrymandering…

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One Response to You’ve Been Gerrymandered

  1. Irma Sheon says:

    League of Women Voters US and MD are seriously working in MD, as is Common Cause and Rep. John Delaney, (D) from Maryland’s 6th district, who has introduced a bill in Congress. CC’s writing contest got a lot of likes on my Facebook page, but it entails a 50 page document with legal precedents for every argument. I focus on a need for national standards that would apply across the US. Then states can use whatever process they may devise to redistrict while achieving (my suggestions) equal population, compactness,and contiguity. Once states start looking for how to do that, we can push for a “novel idea, such as developing an algorithm that will achieve those considerations without partisan input.” It astounds me that HOR has not found widespread support by now, but I continue to dream it will.

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