Tuesday, May 17, 2011

One person, one vote. Give or take.

I'll be a  broken record on this, but the window to even talk about this is pretty short and most likely the status quo will not budge for another decade if the county does not start a process for this soon. Is it not time to reform and redistrict our voting districts in Allegheny County?!

Rumors are there is an election afoot today.  It's primary season so party endorsements matter.  They are not the only thing that matters, but if there is an election where they do matter, this is it.  Yet what signal does a party endorsement provide if the actual voters represented by each party committeeperson (i.e. the folks who decide who gets the endorsements) range from 5 or under in some parts of the county to hundreds of voters in other part of the county.  That really is the range of representation you get within the committee processes here in Allegheny County.  Not just one, but almost two orders of magnitude of difference.

It really gives a whole new meaning to "one person, one vote" that I am surprised nobody has taken issue with it in court. Remember, the elections for committee members take place on the official ballots in elections run by county election offices.  When you add up the votes, you just have to wonder what success in the committee vote real means with respect to support even among core party supporters county-wide... let alone among all primary voters.

Seriously, we may have this cycle the first instance of a voting district in Allegheny County where nobody at all casts a ballot.  We'll see late tonight.

There are plenty of ways to rework the committeeperson elections, and the endorsement process, to at least get us a bit closer to the ideal of one person, one vote.  But it will only happen if somebody other than me cares a whit.

Anyway, here is our Rube Goldberg voting district map as it exists now:


Blogger David Passmore said...

Whoa - looks like my eyeball the morning after a few Dogfish Head IPAs...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 5:15:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin A. said...

Updates? Any zero-vote districts?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 10:36:00 AM  
Blogger SquareChick said...

Absolutely right on. Beyond the party redistricting (which is necessary), there is also the issue of trying to staff the polling places with election day workers which is aggravated by the plethora of precincts. Why should we pay five people plus a constable (sometimes) for any polling place with fewer than 100 voters . . . lots of potential for cost savings via consolidation.

Sunday, May 22, 2011 12:56:00 PM  

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