How The House Of Representatives Looks And Is It Really Like Your Vote Does Not Count?

1246 Words May 10th, 2016 5 Pages
Ever wonder why it feels like your vote does not count? The answer can be summed up with one simple word: gerrymandering. But what exactly is gerrymandering? In a nutshell, it is altering the way your votes are added up to affect how the results look at the end of the day. Gerrymandering uses this to wrongly affect how the House of Representatives looks and is therefore destroying our democracy.
Here is how it is done. In most states, the state legislature is the one in control of redistricting. Every 10 years, they get census data and use it to decide how to divide the state. It is not required for the state to redistrict, but most do. Government requires that the districts drawn must have an almost equal population and must not discriminate based on race or ethnicity. There are also some state requirements too. Common ones are that all district must be physically adjacent, they should be minimized as much as possible, and that the district have a common community of interest.
The number of districts every state gets is based on how many seats in the house of representatives the state has. In Michigan, it is 14. After the Michigan (State) Government gets its census information from the Census Bureau, it draws new district lines. While doing so, they have to account for things like population change and the population of minorities in a area. The people who draw these lines are politicians and consultants. After the new districts are settled, there are 14 brand new districts…

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