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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Beware Republican Voter Gerrymandering

Gerrymandering the electorate: why would anybody risk this devious under handed political tactic, in the state where Washington and Jefferson lived?

Virginia Republicans are proposing to change the way in which the state counts its electoral college votes in a manner that would weaken the influence of urban voters, which, of course, is the area of their state where the most people live!  

In other words, Virginia Republicans want to control the outcome of Virginia elections in a way that would marginalize the essential vote count.  This is happening in the state where patriots George Washington and Thomas Jefferson lived and died! 

George Washington led the American Revolutionary colonials who fought against "taxation without representation" and Thomas Jefferson penned the words, "We the people..." in the Declaration of Independence.

Virginia Republicans who support this gerrymandering have indeed lost their political souls. They need to take a US History class.

Gerrymandering is defined:  dividing a state, county, etc., into election districts so as to give one political party a majority in many districts while concentrating the voting strength of the other party into as few districts as possible.

If Republicans are able to get away with this slight of political hand, ie, gerrymander elections, then the entire premise for the American Revolutionary War and the Declaration of Independence would be rendered irrelevant.  In fact, gerrymandered elections should be declared illegal in our US Constitution.  Some brave Virginian legislator should stand in the footsteps of the state's patriots like Patrick Henry who preached "give me liberty...." and call for a Constitutional Amendment to outlaw gerrymandering. 

Americans should eliminate the cumbersome Electoral College and require that every voter who casts a ballot is counted. Most important, a Constitutional Amendment should require, once and for all, that the candidate with the most votes wins elections.  

Let's stand by our democratic elections, rather than usurp the very ideology our forefathers brilliantly created.

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