Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties

One Person One Vote

Posted on April 6, 2016

By David Burress

The SCOTUS majority made the right decision:
1. It is OK to apportion political districts on total population.
2. It is premature to address other arrangements.
If total population did not count, then interests of non-voters would not be fairly represented in the legislature. For example districts with lots of children would have fewer representatives per child than districts with few children.
However, there are some nuances that still need to be worked out. For example, “population” includes prisoners who can’t vote, which leads to prison-based gerrymandering (e.g. draw the lines to put all the prisons in Republican districts, which then over-represents Republicans).

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