Elections2 - 4/20/2010 Elections 4/15/2010 Which type of...

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4/20/2010 1 Elections 4/15/2010 Which type of primary do you prefer? 33% 33% 33% 1. Open 2 Closed 123 2. 3. Single nonpartisan primary Why only two parties? 33% 33% 33% 1. Stems from the original split between federalists & antifederalists 2 We are well 2. We are well represented by two parties 3. We use single- member districts to elect representatives
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4/20/2010 2 Redistribution of U.S. House seats to take account of population changes. Reapportionment After U.S. census every 10 years. Reapportionment Redistricting States have authority to determine lines for both U.S. Congressional districts and state house and senate districts house and senate districts.
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4/20/2010 3 Who redistricts? Legislatures (26 states) Commissions (12) Combination Should South Carolina switch to a nonpartisan redistricting commission? 33% 33% 33% 1. No 2 Yes 123 2. 3. Yes, but allow legislature to have ultimate approval
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4/20/2010 4 Change Over Time Pre-1960s States full responsibility Gerrymandering: lines benefit a party, group, or incumbent Silent gerrymandering: not redrawing.
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