Overheard on CNN.com: Gerrymandering in American politics
November 18th, 2011
02:13 PM ET
11 years ago

Overheard on CNN.com: Gerrymandering in American politics

Washington (CNN) - CNN is taking a look at the redistricting process, which takes place every 10 years after each census is complete. In the last 10 years, 78% of the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives did not change party hands even once.

David Wasserman, redistricting expert for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, says that through redistricting elections can be "almost rigged" in a sense and this can lead to a more polarized Congress. Readers responded to this story by expressing a degree of cynicism about the political process on both sides of the aisle. Some even questioned whether they should vote at all.


Filed under: Congress • House of Representatives • Politics • Redistricting
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  1. Sniffit

    And, unsuprisingly, CNN gives us an article like this while ignoring the hot water TX is in right now for violating the Voting Rights Acts by redistricting this year in a manner INTENTIONALLY designed to disenfranchise minority voters. Why would they do such a thing? Simple: The hispanic population grew by 90% over the past decade and guess who they tend to vote for. TX is turning purple...FAST...and the GOP is fililng its pants because of it.

    November 18, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Check with Tom DeLay, as I believe that was his area of expertise and downfall.

    November 18, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    It's hitting hard in Pennsylvania. You nutjobs in that state happy that your votes won't be counted? Crazy people get what they deserve, then try to impose it on the rest of us. Hope Pennsylvania idiots secede with Texas, Alaska, South Carolina and Alabama.

    November 18, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    The GOBP deathcult will attempt as much radical redistricting as they can get away with because demographically they're toast in the next 20 years. The only way for this bunch of radical rightwing extremists to retain power will be by cheating and creating "safe" districts from which they'll continue their un-American assault on the 99%.

    November 18, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Both political parties do this. While it may be improper, both parties get away with it.

    November 18, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. stevie

    This is Chicago-David Axlerod stuff. They wrote the book on it. Democrats: Screwing up America since 1965...Longer if you count FDR`s Depression.

    November 18, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. Uncle Sam

    Something has to spur from this. Vote for Uncle sam

    November 18, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Sandra, Atl

    @ Stevie,
    This has been happening with both parties before David Axlerod was ever heard of. I think the 'King' of it was Dick Armey. Look to your Republican buddies for this one.

    November 18, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |