Republicans tried to rig the vote in Michigan – but ‘political novices’ just defeated them | US news | The Guardian

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Katie Fahey started with a Facebook post.
In 2016, Katie Fahey, a Michigan woman with no political experience, put up a Facebook post asking if anyone she knew wanted to do something about gerrymandering, a pervasive practice of lawmakers drawing district lines to benefit their own party.

After a Republican bragged about cramming ‘Dem garbage’ into certain districts, a grassroots campaign has given the power to redraw political maps to the people

Michigan is one of the most gerrymandered states in the country. At that time, Republicans held majorities in the state legislature and congressional delegation, even though Democrats earned a significant share of the statewide vote, and the state is considered politically competitive.

And the GOP lawmakers were not subtle: emails made public last year revealed a Republican aide bragging about cramming “Dem garbage” into certain Michigan districts in 2011, as they drew the current electoral boundaries.


But Fahey’s post would create a movement that could provide a roadmap for making US elections fairer. Coordinating over Google Docs and fanning out across the state, her effort grew into a group called Voters Not Politicians that would eventually amend the Michigan constitution to strip redistricting power from lawmakers. This week, Voters Not Politicians succeeded in protecting the new reform from yet another attack from Republicans in the state – underscoring how deeply entrenched gerrymandering has become, and how hard it is to end.


Even though there was overwhelming support for the measure – it passed with about 61% of the vote – Republicans have used every maneuver they can to try to stop it over the past two years. They unsuccessfully tried to kick the measure off the ballot in 2018. And once Michigan voters approved it, they brought two lawsuits in federal court this summer, arguing that the commission violated the US constitution.

The group successfully got the measure to pass and has fended off a mountain of legal challenges, even though the people leading the effort were all “political novices”, said Nancy Wang, the executive director of Voters Not Politicians. “It’s upsetting because these politicians, some of whom are plaintiffs in one of the lawsuits against the amendment, are the ones that are supposed to be working for the voters that passed this amendment,” she said.
Republicans tried to rig the vote in Michigan – but ‘political novices’ just defeated them | US news | The Guardian
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OUTSTANDING.

THE GOP SWAMP HAS SPREAD TOO FAR OVER THE COUNTRY, AND WE HAVE OUR WORK CUT OUT FOR US.
TAKING AMERICA BACK IN 2020! smiley smiley

TAB2020!!!

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Why is England trying to influence our elections?

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Disclaimer: this is my private and personal comment to this article and should not be construed in any fashion; nor confused with my duties as a moderator.


as a legal resident of michigan, i voted for this measure. i have long felt it is not the right or responsibility of either party democrat or republican to draw up voting districts which can always be abused by both sides for various reasons.

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I really don't see how this gerrymandering works, considering that from neighborhood to neighborhood, and county to county.. there is going to be a majority of party supporters one way or the other. If you consolidate one, then you consolidate the other by consequence. But so be it. Should the new big titty committee redraw the precincts; the candidates will have to campaign strategically to tickle the ears and eyes of the voters.
May the best LIAR win smiley

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@CanyonD Disclaimer: this is my private and personal comment to this article and should not be construed in any fashion; nor confused with my duties as a moderator.

imagine a state for ease lets make it a square. whichever party gets elected, then chooses to draw various lines all over that square separating the state into various voting districts. depending on which party is in control at that time it can effect every other election after it by stacking the district decks in favor of a singular party. so short of a upset win by another party or a mass migration and moving of residences. gerrymandering is a tool that does not help the american citizen, it only helps select few that are supposed to be fairly elected. now the state citizens of michigan have the control and not the ones we elect. hopefully that means a more fair and just election can be held that real voters feel truly represented.
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@chaz1014 So in order to do what you say is possible ,one would have to draw up the map ..not by geography , but by active voter/party affiliation. Correct?
So then, let's see what happens next. Perhaps a Tidal wave of TRUMP clones will get elected smiley smiley smiley

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@CanyonD Disclaimer: this is my private and personal comment to this article and should not be construed in any fashion; nor confused with my duties as a moderator.
correct, by using the registered voters roll, anyone who declares a specific party by address, ect. analyzing that data for the last 207yrs politicians have scrawled districts however they needed to help benefit themselves. that is also why when certain seat change political parties you might hear about the redrawing of district lines.

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@chaz1014 I'm sure that whoever is appointed will do the right thing , and be fair to everybody... smiley

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@CanyonD Or maybe even AO CORTEZ clones..
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Good to hear Chaz1014!

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Don't know why they don't just divide areas up in squares, number them, then pull numbers out of a hat every 4 years. As good a method as any and left to the luck of an impartial draw. Each party draw an equal number and then matches them up with the relevant districts.

My post on the horrific NC gerrymander map drawer--- a man who has been using voter databases to design a logarithm to redistrict states to the GOP's benefit for years all across the country-- relates to the 3rd skewed attempt by repubs in NC redistricting that caused NC Supreme Court to finally say 'enough' and APPOINT a nonpartisan out of Stanford, I believe---THAT IT HAD GONE ON FOR YEARS UNDER THE RADAR was an eyeopener for me.

I just can't conceive of deliberately manipulating the vote for selfish reasons, but evidently, from what the study said, the GOP has been doing it for many years...decades even.
Despicable, no matter who does it.

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@ThomasinaPaine Disclaimer: this is my private and personal comment to this article and should not be construed in any fashion; nor confused with my duties as a moderator.

check my earlier comment on this article which includes the history of how gerrymandering started. as well as squarely shows both parties through the years have done this.

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@chaz1014 It appears the GOP has been far more 'successful"

theintercept.com/2019/09/23/gerr...

there are 3 or 4 related articles

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@ThomasinaPaine Disclaimer: this is my private and personal comment to this article and should not be construed in any fashion; nor confused with my duties as a moderator.

my point is not denying republican have done gerrymqandering it is pointing out gerrymandering has been occurring for the last 207 years since 1812. and both parties are guilty of it. so yes it doesnt surprise me you can find proof of it within the last 20 years by a specific party. however the use of race covered in your article does sadden me, cause gerrymandering of any kind is terrible. which is why i supported the actual vote of this article. to put the responsibility of drawing lines in voter hands, not politicians.

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