Stealing Our Votes: How Politicians Conspire to Control Elections and How to Stop Them

Stealing Our Votes: How Politicians Conspire to Control Elections and How to Stop Them
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by George L. Clark, Ph.D.

The Founders of our country gave us a republic, and the voting power to keep it. They entrusted the redistricting power to the safest repository they could think of: the people’s representatives. In Stealing Our Votes: How Politicians Conspire to Control Elections and How to Stop Them, Dr. Clark demonstrates that this choice has turned out to be a disastrous loophole, threatening our ability to govern ourselves. The parties in power in state legislatures now use computers and redistricting software to increase their party’s political power, stealing from the voters their constitutional right to choose their representative. That is the evil of gerrymandering.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: George L. Clark, Ph.D., is a retired research scientist in the field of lasers and optics. He has used computers to solve difficult imaging problems, such as imaging through turbulent atmosphere, imaging of space objects with large un-phased collector arrays, and imaging from space using optically imperfect mirrors. He was able to retrieve excellent images from aberration-corrupted data by the use of computer power.

Since retiring, Dr. Clark has turned his talents to solving the redistricting problem. He has developed software that draws district maps free of political bias and that guarantees a fair vote to all citizens.

(2004, paperback, 127 pages)

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Reader Review for Stealing Our Votes
Reader Review for Stealing Our Votes
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book that I hope gets more attention., June 28, 2007 By tbyg

...The author starts with some history, particularly of gerrymandering. He explains the various kinds of gerrymandering and their purposes. He includes visuals of some particularly egregiously gerrymandered districts that exist right now.

Then he presents his proposal for fixing the redistricting process. As Ronald Reagan said (I didn't know this, myself--it's a quote in the book that I highlighted), "There is only one way to do reapportionment--feed into the computer all the factors except political registration." (Yes, I was suprised, too.)

The author goes into much detail on how districts should be drawn. He says that the criteria are:

1. The population of every district must be within 1 percent of the average population of all districts in the state, and

2. The overall district map of the state must be as compact as possible.

Apparently the author has written software to accomplish this--there's not much detail about the actual software in the book, just what it accomplishes. I'm assuming one can contact him for more details, if one is in a position to implement this plan.
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