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Gerrymandering, not voters, decide who goes to Congress

October 01, 2016

By Robert Brischetto
My San Antonio

Democracy is not served when the popular will is not reflected in the outcome of elections. This has happened in the past two U.S. House elections. In 2012, 1.4 million more Americans voted for Democrats, but Republicans came away with a 33-seat advantage. In the 2014 elections, Democrats received 1.3 million more votes than Republicans. Yet Republicans increased their majority with 59 more seats than Democrats. How did it happen in a legislative body that one of its designers, John Adams, hoped would become “a portrait of the people in miniature”?