Fake Democracy

Credit Karma EllisDee25
May 30 12 Comments

Gross.

“The documents cited in the Thursday court filing include an unpublished August 2015 analysis by Mr. Hofeller, who was hired by The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news outlet financially backed by Paul Singer, a billionaire New York hedge fund manager and major Republican donor. Mr. Hofeller’s charge was to assess the impact of drawing political maps that were not based on a state’s total population — the current practice virtually everywhere in the nation — but on a slice of that population: American citizens of voting age.

At the time, the study’s sponsor was considering whether to finance a lawsuit by conservative legal advocates that argued that counting voting-age citizens was not merely acceptable, but required by the Constitution.

Mr. Hofeller’s exhaustive analysis of Texas state legislative districts concluded that such maps “would be advantageous to Republicans and non-Hispanic whites,” and would dilute the political power of the state’s Hispanics.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/30/us/census-citizenship-question-hofeller.html

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  • Twitter Oomnj
    Wait sorry why shouldn’t it based on people who can vote? I don’t understand?
    May 30 7
    • Apple etubrute
      No. It’s by their age according to the article. So clearly this is by voter type.
      May 30
    • Twitter Oomnj
      It’s not by the age of the voter themselves, I.e not about whether they are 35 or 21. It’s whether they are of voting age or not (which is just one of the requirements for being a voter)
      May 30
    • Apple etubrute
      Then it’s still a problem because these districts are drawn every 10 years so you’re ignoring a huge percentage of voters coming into voting age and this deserve representation.

      This is suppressing representation by taking a narrow snapshot by ignoring people under the age of 18. Why would you not be interested in the representation and needs of children as well as adults. Reminds me of why we fought to give women voting rights and how the original constitution only counted slaves as fractional human beings. It’s just not right. A citizen is a citizen. They don’t become significant just because they’re of voting age.

      You don’t see a problem with that?
      May 30
    • Twitter Oomnj
      I mean things are always going to change right. A lot of older folks might pass away in the same time as well: so the best practice would be to see what the voting population is at census time. I would argue the solution to that is to do t every 2 or 5 years instead of say 10.
      May 30
    • Apple etubrute
      Put it another way, it is intentionally reducing representation from urban cities with denser population and giving more representation influence to sparser rural representation.

      Because representation is based on population size.

      See the strategy now?
      May 30
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    May 30 1
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  • Disney omegared
    Duh - they’re a minority of the population, so they absolutely have to cheat to win. I mean it’s always great when an article comes out confirming what we already knew, but it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone paying attention. They cheat because it’s the only way they can win.
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