Who represents you?  Do you have a choice in the matter?  If you're reading this in the United States, you'd be rather shocked (or not) to learn how little your vote actually matters in selecting your representation.  We dive into gerrymandering and why that's a terrible name for something we all need to fix.

 

Here's a link to the survey through PodTrac: (http://survey.podtrac.com/start-survey.aspx?pubid=4ipBRWfY0xPi&ver=short)

Link to the Rutgers article giving the history of the (awful) term gerrymandering: (http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/biographies/elbridge-gerry/)

Steven Nass' bitchin' gerrymandering demonstration pic: (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Elkanah_Tisdale,_The_Gerry-Mander_Map,_1813_Cornell_CUL_PJM_1034_01.jpg)

Fun Facts!

https://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/serials/files/cato-journal/1995/1/cj14n3-2.pdf

http://billmoyers.com/story/real-way-2016-election-rigged/

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/10/27/1579905/-These-three-maps-show-just-how-effectively-gerrymandering-can-swing-election-outcomes

https://www.opensecrets.org/overview/reelect.php

http://www.gallup.com/poll/1600/congress-public.aspx

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:How_to_Steal_an_Election_-_Gerrymandering.svg

Awesome ProPublica Link: (https://www.propublica.org/article/redistricting-a-devils-dictionary)

PBS on how screwed North Carolina and Maryland are: (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/north-carolina-maryland-challenge-gerrymandering/)

Brian Olson (the algorithm re-districting guy) - his website and his TED Talk:

(http://bdistricting.com/2010/)(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EC3L2lSSONQ)

The WaPo article where in learned about Mr. Olson's talent: (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/01/13/this-is-actually-what-america-would-look-like-without-gerrymandering/?utm_term=.5a33ac3026d6)

Loyola Law School Info on Sections 2 and 5: (http://redistricting.lls.edu/where.php)

Article on state efforts to curb gerrymandering: (https://ivn.us/2016/10/10/state-by-state-efforts-to-reform-partisan-gerrymandering/)

 

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