The Anti-Democratic Gerrymander

Tue Oct 13 14:54:41 PDT 1998

Some folks may be unaware that the use of the gerrymander is a major tool of
anti-democratic tyrants.

The simple 3 district gerrymander--

District          Party A       Party B    Total
1                     2                 1               3
2                     2                 1               3
3                     0                 3               3

Totals            4                  5               9

Thus, Party A controls with
4 x 100 /9 =  44.4 Percent of the votes.

With a larger number of districts, the minority rule percentage becomes around
25 percent (just over half the votes in half the districts).

In real elections, there may be less than 25 percent indirect minority rule
since all districts do not have the same number of voters and there may be
more than 2 candidates in each district.

Thus, any country using all single member districts in its election system for
legislative bodies is a tyranny-- such as the United States government, every
State government in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, etc.,

The use of some sort of single winner election reform method to elect 1 person
in a district does very little to reduce such indirect minority rule.

The remedy since the 1840's has been the use of a proportional representation
election method for legislative bodies to get BOTH indirect majority rule and
minority representation.

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