How Pennsylvania rigged its electoral map

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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    Every ten years, America readjusts its voting districts. Which state you live in determines a key aspect of that prospect: who draws the map?

    In most states, politicians get to control that process. That can sometimes lead to political gamesmanship from both parties.

    In early 2018, the state of Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court found that the latest redistricting plan set up voters with a politically biased voting map. Which made it easier for one party to win representation in the national body of lawmakers.

    The implications of this discovery are significant. A new map could be a part of a shift in the balance of power in the United States.

    More on Pennsylvania’s redistricting rules here: is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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  • Vox

     (Feb 28, 2018)

    Pennsylvania is just one example of extensive partisan gerrymandering in the US, but redrawing this one state map may have big ramifications for the the 2018 midterm elections. Read about it on

  • Adam Dressler

     (Sep 1, 2018)

    Mario, Voter Fraud is a made up topic. Immigrants rarely ever vote, Dead people voting is an easy matter for the Collage to identify, and DNC do what? Fox News is just as bad mate.

  • Justin Y.

     (Feb 28, 2018)

    *Very political comment*

  • yeremia frans

     (3 days ago)

    *A normal comment, replying like a good commenter*

  • Windows95AndWindowsXPRocks 2018

     (Sep 4, 2018)

    RIP Justin Y.Not That.

  • Mr Rishi The Cookie

     (Feb 28, 2018)

    whatever happened to 1 person 1 vote?

  • rewer

     (Feb 28, 2018)

    Why don’t people just use the total whole nation votes to determine which party win?

  • Eshan Singh

     (Sep 3, 2018)

    It's not nearly as simple as that, my friend.

  • Me

     (Sep 1, 2018)

    Nerdlin Geeksly the European Union has voting based on population

  • Funky Monkey1886

     (Feb 28, 2018)

    Simple solution is to give the responsibility for electoral boundaries to an independent body. This way it doesn't matter who's in control, they can't mess with the boundaries for their own gain. So technically an easy issue to solve. However, that's way too much common sense for anyone to go ahead and try.

  • Eric Brown

     (Sep 6, 2018)

    It's such a joke here now. I can't believe I live here. What a dark plague we'll all see if western europe collapses by these same measures. Or if a road map is drawn from America's current model.

  • Shane Lynn

     (Sep 2, 2018)

    Many European democracies use independent electoral boundary commissions, but the patronage system in the United States is so deep-rooted that people have no concept of how an independent regulatory body could even exist. I also love the concerns about the potential bias/bribery of an independent commission from people in a country with a) legalised bribery through campaign finance and b) political appointees heading the FDA, EPA, the Supreme Court (!), etc.

  • Badly named channel

     (Feb 28, 2018)

    As an outsider looking in (I'm from south Africa) politics seem to be unnecessarily complicated and power-oriented. So far every person in authority ANYWHERE in the world has at some point used that power for their own gain. Especially here. Taxpayers payed for our president's pool. I kid you not

  • Bob Builder

     (Sep 3, 2018)

    Ur channel name is bad

  • /Kevin Carter

     (Apr 23, 2018)


  • Savvy Dude

     (Feb 28, 2018)

    This is like What's inside the U.S!

  • Ike Okereke

     (Apr 24, 2018)

    /Kevin Carter False.

  • MylesHSG

     (Feb 28, 2018)

    It's crazy to let elected politicians draw the district maps. In the UK an independent public body do this and it has to be as fair as possible.

  • SinnedNogara

     (Nov 11, 2018)

    +Mrbrain bob The UK has better districting but the fact they have so many parties with FPTP makes their representation worse.

  • /Kevin Carter

     (Apr 12, 2018)

    Vox is left-wing

  • Kevin Petersen

     (Feb 28, 2018)

    Let's not forget that this is not a partisan issue. Both red and blue are guilty of this.

  • Nash Anderson

     (Apr 19, 2018)

    Pennsylvania/Pensylvania is a large problem with this. They probably have the biggest impact with garrymandering

  • Marksmaniac5551

     (Mar 8, 2018)

    It is increasingly obvious (at least via certain social media discussion) that there are irreconcilable differences between fullthroated Democratic Party loyalists and faithless Democratic Party voters on a litany of policy postions as well as the regard of elected officials. One side has a notion that the other should effectively "fall in-line" and "stop being naive purists". The other believes that the party effectively acts like its "too big to fail" and that the party...

  • Yassine

     (Feb 28, 2018)

    But but but America is the best country in the world

  • Trepimero

     (Dec 24, 2018)

    I'm not even American. It is the best country in the whole world.