Option #2 – Save America or Break It

Gerrymandering – In the process of setting electoral districts, gerrymandering is a practice that attempts to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating geographic boundaries to create partisan or incumbent-protected districts. The resulting district is known as a gerrymander; however, that word can also refer to the process.

As of 2012 is officially outdated.  Let’s try this again.

Gerrymandering – In the process of setting electoral STATES, gerrymandering is a practice that attempts to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating voter population to create partisan or incumbent-protected STATES. The resulting STATE is known as a gerrymander; however, that word can also refer to the process.

I referred to this process as population manipulation.  The Liberals found a way to create a fluid voter base to move people into metropolitan areas to steal states for the Democrats.  The biggest piece of evidence was in Davenport, Iowa where newly moved into apartment buildings (filled up with just enough time for the people to qualify to register and vote) were abandoned days after the election.  This in-your-face form of state level gerrymandering shows that the practice is no longer reserved for lower level Congressional districts.  The worst part about this practice is that it robs people of their proper representation during the election process.  When a candidate wins 82% of the counties in a state (which happened in both Ohio and Pennsylvania) and looses the state, 82% of the counties in that state have no representative voice in the election.  In Iowa, where the Davenport incident happened, Romney won 62 of the state’s 99 counties yet still lost the election by right around 88,000 votes.  Were these people who moved into Davenport the difference to sway the election in Iowa?  Scott County, the home of Davenport, was one of four counties which combined gave Obama a 92,000 vote advantage.  To think of it this way, in the other 95 counties, Romney beat Obama by 4,000 votes!

So we have identified the major problem as a lack of representation.  There is an abuse of the electoral process which equates to a state level form of gerrymandering.  I believe the fix will take place at state levels in order to reestablish representation for the people in these states.  We need our state level legislatures to stand up and fight for their citizens representative rights within elections and government as a whole.  We need to look at two states for an example of how we need to fix this problem.  These two states are Nebraska and Maine.

Nebraska and Maine are unique in the electoral process as they are the only states who do not have a winner-take-all rule for their electoral votes.  These two states use what is known as the Congressional District Method to distribute their electoral votes.  I believe at the moment this is the best way to distribute electoral votes and represent the people of your state.  I will tweak one thing contained within its method as we proceed.

The Congressional District Method to distribute electoral votes allows for electoral votes to be distributed to the winner of a specific Congressional District.  The remaining two electoral votes are given to the individual who carries the popular vote within the state.  In 2008 Nebraska gave four of its five electoral votes to John McCain because he carried 2 of the three Congressional districts and then won the overall popular vote.  This is fine because it allows each Congressional District an individual piece of representation based on who won the district.  The winner-take-all methodology would have silence the people in the other district who did not vote for McCain.  These people were allowed to voice their opinion and have the representation they chose.

Now I propose that state by state a form of the Congressional District Method be used.  This form would still allow for each Congressional District to have their say with one electoral vote assigned, but it would change how the two Senatorial electoral votes are distributed.  The first Senatorial electoral vote would go to the winner of the overall popular vote to represent the people in this population.  The second Senatorial electoral vote would go to the candidate who carries the most counties in a state to represent this population (tie goes back to popular vote).  I believe this allows proper representation for the citizens of every state during the election and in government.

Let me give you a few examples of how this would work.

In Iowa there are six electoral votes.  During the 2012 presidential election, Obama won three of the four districts.  As stated earlier Romney won 62 of the state’s 99 counties.  Obama would have gotten 4 electoral votes (3 for the districts and one for the popular vote) and Romney would have received 2 electoral votes (1 for the district and 1 for winning more counties).

In Ohio there are 18 electoral votes.  During the 2012 presidential election, Romney won nine of the state’s 16 Congressional districts.  Romney also won 72 of the state’s 88 counties.  Romney would have gotten ten electoral votes (9 for the districts and 1 for the counties) and Obama would have won eight electoral votes (7 for the districts and 1 for the popular vote).

In Pennsylvania there are a total of 20 electoral votes.  During the 2012 presidential election, Romney won ten of the state’s 18 Congressional districts.  Romney also won 55 of the state’s 67 counties.  Based on our calculations it would have been Romney with eleven electoral votes and Obama with nine.

I do not have the time to go through state by state and determine what the outcome of the 2012 presidential election would have been, but I can tell you there would have been better representation for each and every voter in the United States of America.  For example Romney would have gained in each state where he won more counties than Obama and Obama won the winner-take-all prize.  These states include Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and I believe Wisconsin (by two counties).  Three states I believe went to a tie where Obama would have gotten all Senatorial electoral votes due to tie breaker.  This system has give and takes, but it mirrors the electorate.

The American Revolution was fought in part due to a lack of representative government.  It was fought due to a lack of the people’s voice being heard.  I understand that this option is not an immediate answer, but coupled with other good ideas, it can be in place for 2016 so that we do not have a repeat of the debacle we had in 2012.  We need people to regain confidence in the system.  Unless they see that there is a solid change, where their voice can count again, they will continue to be discontent and this nation will continue its downward spiral.

I look at this pseudo form of the Congressional District Method as a long term permanent fix.  It will help people to identify the modern form of gerrymandering.  I’m also hoping it will allow for better districting during future census which better represent the electorate’s beliefs and values.  I truly believe we need a system like this in place to get back our representative government.  We need to pressure our state legislatures to move forward with this immediately and get this passed and done for 2016.

~ J.C.

UPDATE: Based on this system the vote count is in.  Romney – 271, Obama – 267!  It’s just incredible how this election was stolen and the establishment wishes to ignore it!

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