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How come Gerrymandering is still legal?

I just came across a post on tumblr including some congressional district borders. How come state courts do not outright throw this out through the window for not following the compactness rule? I ...
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Is it true that Republicans have an unfair geographical advantage in elections for the House of Representatives?

I'm not from the U.S. but someone told me that the Republican Party had an unfair advantage in elections for the House of Representatives. This advantage would be geographic. The voters who usually ...
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How does gerrymandering work in the US?

I have a vague idea of what gerrymandering is and that it appears to be common in the US, but I don't really understand where it comes from, how it is applied, how common "common" really is, whether ...
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Are there any solid representative district planning strategies that can avoid gerrymandering?

According to Wikipedia's article on Gerrymandering: In the process of setting electoral districts, gerrymandering is a practice that attempts to establish a political advantage for a particular party ...
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Is there any mechanism in USA to prevent someone from voting by mail AND in person?

Theoretically speaking, there are mechanisms that prevent someone from voting twice (you are only allocated to vote to one polling place based on your residence address, and that polling place has a ...
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In an MMP system, why don't parties game the system by splitting into two parties?

In New Zealand, we have a Mixed Member Proportional system. Voters have two votes. The electorate vote is used to vote for a candidate to represent their electorate. This vote is determined on a first ...
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Is the North Carolina 2016 Congressional map gerrymandered?

User Dunk claims that North Carolina is not gerrymandered: ...people are ... ignorant to use North Carolina as some proof of gerrymandering. ... The republicans changed the boundaries into ...
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How far can gerrymandering go?

Gerrymandering can keep a relatively unpopular party in power for longer than it otherwise would be. Assuming the unpopular party becomes even more unpopular, just how unpopular would they need to be ...
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What effect would the Wyoming Rule, if in place, have had on the elections since the year 2000?

From Wikipedia... The proposed Wyoming Rule calls for expanding the House until the standard Representative-to-population ratio equals that of the smallest entitled unit (currently the state of ...
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What is the proper (non-"Gerrymandering") purpose of political districting?

I read some other posts here that discuss gerrymandering. It seems to me that I still have a question that these posts don’t answer, but I’m not at all sure that I can make it clear. But here we go. ...
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Does the VRA require drawing districts for white people in majority-minority states?

Historically, the Voting Rights Act has been used to mandate the creation of seats where minorities can choose their Representatives, most noticably in the deep south. However, with demographics ...
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How could US Congress' H.R.1 - For the People Act of 2021 actually cost Black representation in the South by prohibition of partisan gerrymandering?

The New York Times' Manchin Vows to Block Democratic Voting Rights Bill and Preserve Filibuster includes the following passage: Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri, praised Mr. Manchin, saying ...
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Is there a (reasonably) world-wide quantitative survey of malapportionment in legislative chambers?

By malapportionment I mean the non-proportional allocation of representatives to population by geographical units. Wikipedia has a rather terrible article on the topic, which, while enumerating and ...
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