Saturday, February 9, 2013

Gerrymandering Still Shapes Indiana's Representation

Columnist Brian Howey wrote in his column published today that 2012 was the first election to feature the new districts mapped in 2011. The results show how gerrymandering still impacts state representation. Republicans won 53 percent of votes cast for the US House of Representatives,but won seven out of nine seats (78 percent). Likewise, in the state House Republican candidates carried about 54 percent of the total vote but won 69 of the 100 seats (69 percent). For the US House the situation was even more distorted, with Democratic candidates actually winning more votes than the Republicans, 49 percent to 48, but Republicans ended up with a 234-201 majority of the seats. Read Howey's column here.