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What`s Gerrymandering? Gerrymandering Explained

Everything you don`t want to know about politics.

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What`s Gerrymandering? Gerrymandering Explained. Everything you don`t want to know about politics.
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Male, 40-49, Europe
 2784 Posts
Monday, July 18, 2011 5:47:12 AM
*cough* Proportional Representation *cough*

Male, 40-49, Europe
 12291 Posts
Monday, July 18, 2011 3:10:15 AM
Voting reform is currently a bit of an issue in the UK, which is between Denmark and the USA in terms of size, voter turnout, etc. There was a marked drop in voter turnout in the 90s, down to under 60%. Recently there was a referendum on changing the traditional first past the post system to a different system. More than 2/3rds of the vote was in favour of keeping constituency-based first past the post. It's simple and it works fairly well. There are advantages and disadvantages to all systems of counting votes.

Male, 40-49, Europe
 12291 Posts
Monday, July 18, 2011 3:00:17 AM
I've just looked at the voting system used in Denmark (and some other small democracies) and it doesn`t look that different. You still have constituencies, from which ~80% of the seats are filled by simple counting of votes.

It`s not such a dramatically different system that it can account for the big difference in voter turnout between Denmark and big democracies with a first past the post system based wholly on constituencies.

Maybe it`s something to do with the number of voters. If there are 60 times as many voters, each vote has much less overall effect. The national government of a huge country of 300m people is inevitably less connected to people than that of a small country of 5m people.

Maybe switching to the more complicated voting of the Danish system would reduce the number of USA voters even more.

Male, 30-39, Europe
 175 Posts
Monday, July 18, 2011 1:21:14 AM
And btw Danish elections usually have more than 90% of the people voting and you are automatically registered as a voter. In US it's below 50% no? Go figure...

Male, 30-39, Europe
 175 Posts
Monday, July 18, 2011 1:19:57 AM

This guarantees that:
- Every vote counts.
- Particularly popular politicians from all regions of Denmark can be elected for Parliament.
- New parties only need 3% of the votes to get seats.
- If you want to get into Parliament without being in a party you can. You "just" need how many votes it takes to get a seat in Parliament.

This guarantees fair elections since every vote counts. There is a variety of parties to vote for. New parties are formed when something important comes up that no party is interested in.

If both Democrats and Republicans try not to talk about a subject, who will you vote for to get something done about it? Does your Democratic vote even count if you live in a Republican range and vice versa?

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