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One Person, One Vote?

People…pay attention! There is a Texas case being decided today by the United States Supreme Court that could change the way that legislative districts are formed.

Basically states currently draw lines for their legislative districts based on equality of total population (one person, one vote), not eligible or registered voters. A Texas lawsuit says that this is unconstitutional and the metric used to draw district lines should be eligible voters. In this political climate where voter suppression has re-emerged in recent years, with states employing creative illegal tricks, everyone should be paying attention to the outcome of this case.

How do you know who is an eligible voter? By counting those who are registered? What about 18th birthdays, deaths, children, immigrants?

An interesting perspective.

What would redefining the one person, one vote standard mean for our democratic principles? Would it mean that representatives need not respond to or seek out the opinion of those who are not counted in the drawing of their districts?

If those who can’t vote don’t count, then perhaps some elected officials might also think they don’t need to represent those who are eligible but choose not to vote or maybe those who don’t vote for them? This could be a slippery slope.

I’m asking these questions as a resident of a “U.S. territory” that already gets a raw deal with regard to true representation… let’s pay attention.

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2015 in Civil Rights, History, Politics, Race, Youth

 

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50 Days and Counting…

Mitt:

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the President
no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him,
who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are
victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for
them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to
housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the
government should give it to them. And they will vote for this
president no matter what…These are people who pay no income
tax …

“My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them
they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Joyinhome:

WOW…I’m not sure if people truly support this man’s platform or simply hate the President and this country just that much… I still say, get out to vote. Go to www.gottaregister.com today

 

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GOTV, Facebook Style

Washington State has upped the anty. Not only can you register to vote online (available since 2008), starting next week you can register to vote via Facebook. Since 2008, 475,000 WA voters have registered and/or updated their addresses online. Okay, but with the added Facebook twist, how is it verified?

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Politics, Youth

 

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