- electoral college
ger·ry·man·der (jr-mndr, gr-)
tr.v. ger·ry·man·dered, ger·ry·man·der·ing, ger·ry·man·ders
To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.
That should make it easy to understand. And that's why I'm against changing the Israeli Electoral system to districts!!!
American Congress and state legislatures are subject to gerrymandering. But the really big playing field for gerrymandering is the one that can't be controlled but it can be stopped. It's called the Electoral College.
The Electoral College is an example of an indirect election, consisting of 538 electors who officially elect the President and Vice President of the United States. The number of electors is equal to the total voting membership of the United States Congress, 435 Representatives and 100 Senators, plus three electors from the District of Columbia. Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 of the Constitution specifies the number of electors to which each state is entitled and state legislatures decide how they are chosen.
Because of the Electoral College, it is very easy for the candidate who received fewer votes to actually sin the Presidential Elections. It distorts the will of the people.
Today in the United States, polls show that Romney is ahead in the popular vote.
That does not guarantee his victory, especially if the Republican Party and leaders don't do their job to fully and enthusiastically support him, as Ruthie Blum recently wrote.
Oct 2-8, 2012 Obama Romney Registered Voters 49%-1 46%+1 Likely Voters 47%-1 49%+1
And when you start playing around with the Electoral College, the predicted results are far from certain.
We'll all be smarter in another month, but wouldn't it make more sense for the Americans to make a major change in their Constitution and finally get rid of that Electoral College?