Redistricting: Easy way to steal an election

Pennsylvania congressional districtsBY KEVIN MATHEWS

The Republicans won a clear majority of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives this past election (234 to the Democrats 201), signifying that more voters cast ballots for Republican congressional candidates than Democrats, right? Not exactly. Crunch the numbers from across the country and, as the Washington Post points out, the Democratic candidates actually finished about 500,000 votes ahead. If the House of Representatives were actually representational, the Democrats would have a slight advantage.

So what’s to blame for the discrepancy? Redistricting, the redrawing of political barriers. On the surface, redistricting is a boring topic, but it is inevitably a crucial game that politicians use to leverage power.


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