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BenThere
20th Sep 2006, 22:58
Found a good tool to watch the approach to the US election in November.

http://www.cqpolitics.com/06map.html

vapilot2004
21st Sep 2006, 00:36
NY Times Interactive 2006 Election Map (http://www.nytimes.com/ref/washington/2006ELECTIONGUIDE.html?currentDataSet=senANALYSIS)

I am sure our hosts and the majority of guests here will be clicking these links daily. :p

Two's in
21st Sep 2006, 02:52
You could just save yourself a lot of time by going here;


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerrymandering

Gerrymandering is a controversial form of redistricting in which electoral district or constituency boundaries are manipulated for an electoral advantage. The word "gerrymander" is named for the American politician Elbridge Gerry (July 17, 1744 November 23, 1814)[1], and is a portmanteau of his name and the word "salamander," which was used to describe the appearance of a tortuous electoral district Gerry created in order to disadvantage his electoral opponents. "Gerrymander" is used both as a verb meaning "to commit gerrymandering" as well as a noun describing the resulting electoral geography. Ideally, it is pronounced with a hard G, as with Elbridge Gerry's actual name, but ignorance of this has made the "jerry" pronunciation common.

Gerrymandering may be used to advantage or disadvantage particular constituents, such as members of a racial, linguistic, religious or class group, often in the favor of ruling incumbents or a specific political party. Although all electoral systems which use multiple districts as a basis for determining representation are susceptible to gerrymandering to various degrees, governments using single winner voting systems are the most vulnerable. Most notably, gerrymandering is particularly effective in nonproportional systems that tend towards fewer parties, such as first past the post.

Among western democracies, only Israel and the Netherlands are not susceptible to gerrymandering in the national government, as they employ electoral systems with only one (nationwide) voting district. Other countries, such as the UK and Canada, attempt to prevent gerrymandering by having the constituency boundaries set by non-partisan organisations such as the UK's Boundary Commission. Gerrymandering is most common in countries such as the United States of America where elected politicians are responsible for drawing districts.

vapilot2004
21st Sep 2006, 03:14
Two's In - Sad but true for the House anyway. :{

Generally poor, ethnically diverse districts do indeed vote for Democratic candidates while the rich, mostly white hoods will go for the Republicans.

There are exceptions - poor Christian voters overwhelmingly voted Bush/Cheney/GOP in both Presidential and Congressional campaigns of late, while many rich and highly educated people tended to vote for the Democrats.

Recent polls show that while nearly 1/2 (48%) of registered voters are unhappy with the current Congress and are looking for change, 39% say they will put their guy/gal back in his/her seat. :ugh:

Let us hope that our election officials can at least give us an accurate and honest count. :ouch:

Wino
21st Sep 2006, 03:38
The democrats are the most gifted at shooting themselves in the foot.

During the very early 90s, In the name of diversity they gerrymandered about 50 districts to elect black and female congressmen. (congresspeople?)... Well it worked, but it left the other 420 or so elections far more lopsided in the other direction and that as much as anything else lead to them getting voted out of power...


Cheers
Wino

pigboat
21st Sep 2006, 04:02
(congresspeople?)

I remember the National Lampoon once called Bella Abzug 'Congressthing'. :p

BenThere
21st Sep 2006, 11:12
Nice one, pigboat.:ok:

She was the essential personification of ugly; in every aspect.

ORAC
21st Sep 2006, 11:39
Example gerrymandered districts. (http://electoral-vote.com/evp2006/Maps/Sep18.html)