Elected officials are still a fairly accurate representation of voters’ wishes.
How We Broke Democracy (But Not in the Way You Think)
Tobias Rose-Stockwell

No, they aren’t. A minority of active and extreme voters, backed by huge funding from conservative political groups and corporations are deciding elecitons on a local and state level. At the state level, the majority gerrymanders Congressional districts to guarantee the maximum number of Republican representatives, regardless of the total votes cast in the state by democrats. On average, Republicans occupy 67% of the House seats in the following states, even though they received less than 50% of the vote in federal and state wide elections (based on 2012 election figures):

  • Florida: Obama got 50%, Nelson won the Senate with 55%, and yet the congressional representation was 17–12 (58%) Republican.
  • Michigan: Obama won 54%, Stabenow won the Senate with 59%, and the congressional representation was 9–5 (64%) Republican.
  • North Carolina: Romney won 51%, McCrory won the Senate with 55%, but congressional representation was 9–4 (69%) Republican.
  • Ohio: Obama won 50%, Brown won the Senate with 50%, and the congressional representation was 12–4 (75%) Republican.
  • Pennsylvania: Obama won 52%, Casey won the Senate with 54%, and the congressional representation was 13–5 (72%) Republican.
  • Virginia: Obama won 51%, Kaine won the Senate with 53%, but congressional representation was 8–3 (72.7%) Republican.
  • Wisconsin: Obama won 53%, Baldwin won the Senate with 51%, but congressional representation was 5–3 (62.5%) Republican.
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