What does this do?
For instance here, courtesy of the Washington Post is the evolution of Pennsylvania’s 7th district (This is for illustration. Pennsylvania was forced to redraw their Congressional districts recently.)
Over the years, it has increasingly lost any semblance of shape, instead, becoming an amalgamation of random blobs joined by thin lines across a map.
Why does partisan gerrymandering undermine democracy?
Partisan gerrymandering undermines democracy because it prevents genuine competition among candidates.
It allows lawmakers to be lazy and become unresponsive to the citizenry since the likelihood of a successful challenge from another party is made less likely due to the intentional partisan composition of the citizenry.
Would a more a balanced district continue supporting bad candidates?
The problem with American Democracy is not there is too much democracy, it’s that there isn’t enough.
Americans, more than anything, are suffering from an absence of political choice.