Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Landslide District? Slim chance of Changing power.

With candidates winning in some districts with 60%, 70% or even 80% of the vote---just how much true democracy do we really have? If the majority party in a district ---whether Rs or Ds---has voter registration levels that produce winners each and every time, can we truly say that is a fair and democratic system.

Sure, the voter has a choice. But with districts being ‘cut’ with a clear majority, does that voter’s vote really mean that much? This is called ‘landsliding’. And it has gotten worse over time.

According to Governing.com, “In 1976, when Jimmy Carter was elected president, less than a quarter of the American people lived in so-called "landslide counties" — those in which the spread between the two major presidential candidates was 20 percentage points or more. By 2004, when George W. Bush was reelected, nearly half the electorate lived in this kind of politically tilted territory.”

For democracy, so it goes.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What do you believe to be the cause(s) of Landslide Districts? Gerrymandering?

Do you think implementing something similar to the New Jersey Redistricting Commission in other states would resolve this issue?

FlyerzFan said...

There has to be a computer program that can create districts mostly equal districts within a few hundred residents). It would be faster and eliminate the politics and expenses.

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