Gerrymandering: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Lawmakers often reshape voting districts to shift the balance of political power. That's unfair to voters, even those of us with questionable judgment.

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Kiah W
I let John Oliver tell me about things I've heard passed around but was too bored or lazy to learn much about. (Usually politics.) Thank you John, for tricking me into educating myself.
Odin13XIII
I would be 100% ok with Neopolitan ice cream with 70% strawberry. (I would prefer a tub of strawberry ice cream but am willing to accept this new neopolitan flavour as a substitute).
Tiago Filipe
Does anyone know the name of the case he's talking about in the Supreme Court?
Matúš Fekete
With all the respect John, this problem is NOT caused by garrymandering. Garrymandering is just way how politician exploit more fundamental flaw in majority voting system.
You have voting districts and in every one of them who gets tiniest bit more than 1/2 of votes is elected as representative. Changing who draws districts wont help with anything, there will be always some "packing and cracking".
But you don't have to silently accept this state. The solution is proportional electoral system. When people vote for representatives for area - for example state - all votes from the state are counted together and seats are distributed according this ratio. Doesn't matter how are districts drawn, you will always get the same result. And this works on all levels of representation - Union, state, district, municipality... your choose.

Or maybe we in Slovakia just don't have your long history of democracy and don't get it right yet.
Kpop Made
america...
Alexandre M.
what the hell went wrong with the americans
Homer Simpson
No democracy is fully functional without the most important constitutional body, an independent 'Election Commission'
Allister Lothier
Thats a motherfucking juggalo im surprised John even knew what that was
Robert Coffey
please speak in a posh imperialist British accent more often. it's glorious.
WhiskeyDelta
lol I live in that MD district
Andrew Wroblewski
just a note for fairness... democrats gerrymander too!
Adam Palmer
gangster
Planeswalker999
The supreme court`s ruling came down today, in a strikedown of the Wisconsin district.
Caeley Currie
Do you know what would be easier than all the crap in the American voting system? Take all the votes, count them, and pick all the people with the most votes. Wild concept huh?
Kirra Patterson
As a non-American, it's very surreal to learn about how the country works. Mostly because it doesn't.
Henry Kerr
He's trying to make an American speech in a British accent. Fuck.
AtomicMonkey32
Jon Oliver's kinda a faggot that part about biggies weird and uncalled for
Pinkfloydisme63
What is the opinion of voters in North Carolina about this problem ?
Bampark
but strawberry is the better flavor
Oliver Cant
That British impersonation sounds eerily like David Cameron.
Dawnveu
God damn Jerry and his mandering. What an asshole.
Kyle Waller
Why can't we come up with a computer program to do it?
Zeuxis 108
12:22 does anyone get the impression that district 24 in NY is giving us a HUGE middle finger, or is it just me?
COMMON SENSE
Is this a joke? UK politicians criticizing the US political system when it comes to proportional representation? UKIP got nearly 4 million votes in 2015 and were given just one seat in parliament!! With proportional representation they would have won 82 seats. The conservatives won nearly 100 more seats than they should have, while SNP won twice as many seats as they should have. UK politics is a total joke.
SkyWolfAlpha
1 - Montana is not a square. John didn't even catch that. YOU'RE LOSING IT, JOHN.
2 - maybe more of us young creative types would live in places that aren't cities if they were more tolerant of things like: different religions, different sexual orientations, different races.... Or if they had things like: tech jobs, expert medical care, high speed internet, enough coffee shops so that if your reusable cup is ever empty, people start putting change in it because they assume you're homeless.
3 - David Lewis - computers. What you're thinking of is computers. Computers are pretty good at taking large amounts of data and organizing them efficiently and without judgement (yet). Even Aperture Science has non-judgemental equipment. (And you think that MS Office paperclip cares who you vote for? It just wants to indent every single paragraph you specifically don't want indented).
roadhouse699
Glad to see jokes about only perverts liking strawberry ice cream are back.
We all know its true.

Guy who's going to comment, "Hey I like strawberry ice cream": Eyes up here, you creep.
Ben Thomas
Love the Stein supporter
Alex Turlais
so much for "representative republic" the right scream about any time anyone questions the electoral college...
Taylor Abordo
This British guy is more American than most Americans
Sam Jonsson
Peeps, Omg telescope really please uhis" bias ..
MrDubcek
john can't use that accent anymore
Kye Talks
Why don't they just do what Canada does? All of the seats are decided by how people vote on the national election. Like when we vote for our prime minister. Other than that we have provincial elections, but that's different. That's for a whole freaking province. Those lines aren't changing.
A. P. C. Dragos
Courious foreign: is it that hard to change all these political problems the John speaks of in his videos? I know this is TV, so I don't blind believe what he says, but the man seems to have credibility. How impossible is it to create a constitution reform?
APG19912009
Glad I live in Canada where we have independent commissions that draw up our federal and provincial boundaries ever 8-10 years. While political parties can "stack the room" with supporters to try and sway the commissions opinions on changing some ridings or keeping some the same. The independent commission ultimately makes the final decision which they base on census data, and demographic make-up.

Just now wish we could dump First-past-the-post(winner take all) than everyone's votes will truly count towards something
SNEAKxxATTACK
why not just make party affiliation unknown during drawing of district maps? so something like they don't get to have internet or literature that contains the info.
mw47
wow, that's pretty much the worst system... you guys own almost an entire continent but can't have fair politic system.
elizabeth soellner
uh, SORRY, but "the most badass, balls to the wall carousel in the whole Midwest" is not in Iowa, it is in Wisconsin at the House On The Rock. Des Moines has never been cool. John Oliver = JUST WRONG :D
MR SMIGLY
this is why capitalism is bad
Ivory The Elephant
As I teenager I can confrim I was cracking and packing this entire video
thuzan117
hey I liked Bazooka gum.
Andy Didko
why voting system in us is so... let's say "strange"?
Samuel Aaron Felipe
The USA is hardly a united country. XD
IgnatzKolisch
They all talk about Gerrymandering, and yet they all pronounce the "G" incorrectly as a "J". Big, big bonus points here for someone with popularity finally pointing it out.
wajdef
I love this guy. Btw, its very hard to live in those republican districts, the majority of them are racist white rednecks. Its one thing when you're older and don't have to associate with them but when you're younger, its hell lol.
Abid Hassan
I am an Indian. But I don't know why the fuck I watch his videos
Banhammer72
Based on the assumption that America is a democracy!
TAsill K
Screw you im an elitist long live intelligent democracy
Konrad Zielinski
And this is why I think New Zealand's system is great. They have mixed member proportional elections. So there are disticts with representaties. then they look at the overall percentage, and give parties additional seats to ensure that the overal percentages are reflected in their Parlament.
Devon Atkins-Apeldoorn
does he have a fake audience now?
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