Reads on Voting and Representation

I’ve been bothered in recent weeks by some of the voting and representation problems that we seem to have in the US. Read two interesting articles today on the topic.

Much has been said about how the EC tends to give more power to rural states. The underlying dynamics of the country have shifted significantly over time, from 5% to 80% urbanization, and clustering of people into smaller areas. Cities get the short end of the electoral stick, and also bear the burden of supporting the rest of the country with disproportionate tax transfers.

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Interesting legal argument that gets at what a lot of people (me included) seem to feel about the EC and its affects on voting representation. The incentives of the current system are definitely perverse – we are going to continue to see voting made more difficult for the average citizen and overall voter apathy if nothing is altered.

Let me know your thoughts!