Letter to the editor

Nov. 9, 2012

To the editor:

Gerrymandering is an undemocratic way to attempt to keep power in the hands of the minority or at least out of the hands of the majority. It works.

Nationwide, House Democrats got 54,301,095 votes, while House Republicans got 53,822,442. (So much for a Republican mandate.) Who has control of the House?

Republican gerrymandering of a number of states that they controlled after the 2010 elections meant that they could (and did) set districts so the Democrats would have a vast majority in a few districts while most districts would have a slim majority of Republicans and thus have control of the House.

Both sides play the game. It is a game that ought to be outlawed. Districts should be set by a neutral or balanced commission using a formula or program that leaves party affiliation out of the calculations and makes sense.