GOP gerrymandering distorts the partisan balance in Congress

Letter writer Joe Everett made a valid point about the Voting Rights Act but failed to see the bigger picture and the totally inequitable situation that needs to be addressed ("Where was the outcry when Md. voters were harmed?" June 27).

In the last federal election, more people voted for Democratic congressional candidates than for Republicans. Yet Republicans came away with 33 more seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and a big, unwarranted majority.

Decades of gerrymandering by Republican governors in red states has had the perverse effect of minimizing the political clout of urban areas and their voters. Democratic governors redistrict too, but their impact has not overturned this imbalance.

Add to this the Founding Fathers lack of foresight in letting states ratify a constitution that ultimately allowed territories such as Montana, with 1 million people, to have the same representation in the Senate as California, with 38 million people.

Again, urban areas take the hit. Most sane people would say this is unreasonable, excessive and unfair.

Maybe the Tea Party, with their founding cry "no taxation without representation," will see through the duplicity in all of this and strive to make the necessary changes for a more equitable and impartial voting environment. And maybe someday pigs will fly.

Thomas J. Snyder

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