Reply to "How to deal with gerrymandering" by CF

New Democracy donald at
Fri Oct 9 17:59:44 PDT 1998

Dear Charles Fiterman,

     Thank you for bringing up the subject of gerrymandering and your
suggestion, but there are better ways to deal with gerrymandering.

     One way is to increase the number of seats per district. A study was
made about gerrymandering and the number of seats in a district. (I was not
the one that made the study.) The study concluded that the ability to
gerrymander is lost when the number of seats rises to eight.

     Another way is to use Top Up MMP. The beauty of the second vote for
political party is that it will offset any party proportionality flaws that
exist in the districts. So, MMP will offset the party proportionality flaw
caused by gerrymandering.

Donald Davison

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