Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The problem with democracy

Well, where to begin?  don't get me wrong, it's the best method for government anywhere, but "it needs adjustments." The first problem is gerrymandering, where the party in power (dem or republican) in Congress, sets the boundaries for voting districts so that their party is represented more (based on registered voters and other factors).  This is why the district boundaries are often very convoluted and homogenous.  Another logistical reason, is that there is a limit to polling places, usually based on local budgets. For example, in Philly, districts are kept to around 900 voters max (not necessarily to the max number of those registered). So do the math: 2 minutes to vote per person, polls from 7 am to 8 pm (780 min/2=390 voters per booth).  The combination really gives one party the advantage and limits full turnout as happened in 2008. Solution?  More polling booths/places, less gerrymandering? online voting? (wouldn't that be nice!).  However, you can draw your own districts! go to and check it out!