Does Gerrymandering Affect The Importance Of Minority Voting And Elections?

1019 Words Nov 30th, 2014 5 Pages
Introduction “More delicate than the historians’ are the map-makers’ colors (Bishop 1).” Gerrymandering is when a district’s boundaries are redrawn to benefit particular political parties’ agendas (Ingraham 1). Gerrymandering promotes the statistical concept of Simpson’s paradox. Simpson’s paradox describes the phenomenon of having a higher percentage of votes; however not having more votes numerically (Simpson’s 1). Gerrymandering is similar because it also gives the possibility of winning the state, but not having the majority of the votes. Although Gerrymandering is illegal in many places, political parties do not hesitate in doing so. When Gerrymandering occurs it also limits the importance of minority voting. Gerrymandering is a challenge that provides ethical controversies surrounding minority voting and elections. Does Gerrymandering affect the importance of minority voting and elections? Is gerrymandering actually present in modern day elections? Although gerrymandering is illegal, the role it has on elections make it irresistible by political parties. When glancing at the differing shapes, one will assume that the shapes are random; however, when realizing the impacts of the shape on the overall representation from the state, one can conclude that these were not drawn at random and were indeed drawn with a purpose (Bloomberg 2). In 2011 the state of Pennsylvania, which contains a majority Republican legislature, redrew congressional districts giving Republicans…

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