One person, one vote. Give or take.
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: