[EM] Gerrymandering

Blake Cretney blake at condorcet.org
Tue Mar 19 18:09:49 PST 2002

Joe Weinstein wrote:

> By the way, usual PR presumes that voters want to be proportionally 
> represented ONLY according to political party, not other criteria, 
> including geographic proximity.  That's as mistaken as the present 
> one-rep one-locality fiasco.  Also by the way, we would get much 
> better 'PR' using PAV applied to individual candidates, not parties.

In a closed list system, people have to be represented by a political 
party, but the political party can represent anything.  It can represent 
ideology, geographic region, race, height, or IQ.  Parties generally 
represent ideology because that is what people generally care about in 
terms of deciding who represents them.  But if we all were primarily 
concerned about geography, then parties would represent geography.

Blake Cretney

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