October 23, 2016

100 Words -- Rigging An Election

You want to know how to rig an election before a single ballot is cast? You gerrymander legislative districts so that unfriendly voters become islands in seas of friendly voters. Both parties have gerrymandered, but the Republicans elevated it to a science after the 2010 election, leveraging control of 70 state legislative chambers to create districts that virtually ensured Republican control of the House of Representatives in 2012. But there’s always those pesky unintended consequences. The incoming wave of populist conservatives laid the groundwork for Donald Trump, who is wreaking havoc on the Republican Party. The best laid plans ...

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