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The NY Redistricting Battle

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Colby Hamilton, blogger for WNYC's The Empire, discusses how Rep. Turner's win has changed the redistricting battle in New York as well as the stakes for future elections, and Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, explains why Common Cause has pulled out of a coalition on legislative redistricting, and what should be done instead.

Guests:

Colby Hamilton and Susan Lerner

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Comments [2]

Gerrymandering : 2/3rd majority from 40 % of votes from Control Gerrymandering or lose democracy!


Here's an example of how Gerrymandering can give a SUPERMAJORITY of seats to a MINORITY OF VOTERS :

Ex : 100 votes.
3 districts (A,B,C)
Two parties (Red, Blue)
40 Red Voters, 60 Blue Voters.
Majority in District Wins the Seat.

District A : 34 Blue Voters, 0 Red Voters

District B : 13 Blue Voters, 20 Red Voters

District C : 13 Blue Voters, 20 Red Voters.

RESULTS :

Red party wins two thirds of the SEATS.
(District B and District C).

Blue party wins one third of the SEATS.
(District A).

None of the district races are competitive
contests.

RED PARTY GETS A SUPERMAJORITY OF THE SEATS DESPITE BEING A MINORITY OF THE VOTERS.

Implication : Gerrymandering can GROSSLY subvert the democratic process and must be controlled.

Sep. 22 2011 06:00 PM
Alex

in Brooklyn, at the Boro-Park, Flatbush, Kensington, Midwood cluster, there are 100,000 orthodox Jewish voters, cut up in to a 6 state senate districts, and a few congressional districts, that all end up out side of Brooklyn. that’s where the RPICENTER of this debate will be.

Sep. 22 2011 11:47 AM

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