Over the last decades, there is a sense that American politics is not working. I say that with regret because I want it to work, and as a young man always believed that things would sooner or later would get worked out.
But they have not. American politics has not been able to move forward from the same old debates that we listened to back in the 1980’s.The main reason why is that voting matters less than it should. Many congressional districts are considered “safe” – meaning it is is impossible for the other side to win, no matter what. As a result, the winner is the person who wins the primary of the party in control of the district.
This has been accomplished by a tactic called “gerrymandering”. In case you are interested
The word gerrymander (originally written Gerry-mander) was used for the first time in the Boston Gazette on 26 March 1812. The word was created in reaction to a redrawing of Massachusetts state senate election districts under Governor Elbridge Gerry (pronounced /ˈɡɛri/; 1744–1814). In 1812, Governor Gerry signed a bill that redistricted Massachusetts to benefit his Democratic-Republican Party. When mapped, one of the contorted districts in the Boston area was said to resemble the shape of a salamander
In other words, politicians who stand to gain from drawing electoral boundaries are in chard of doing so. Not surprisingly, they draw them in ways that favor themselves. And this has gotten way out of control.
Can we do better`Of course we can. We can create a computer program to do this for us.
That might seem outlandish at first. But consider that any human that does the re-districting will have bias. A software program will be biased as well — but at least you will know its biases. They will be hardwired into the instructions.