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Gerrymandering should be abolished

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Started: 7/25/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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DaveFoxChase

Pro

Debate: Gerrymandering should be abolished and made illegal.

I will be the Pro, arguing for it to be abolished

The challenger will argue for keeping this institution

If you could, just accept in the 1st round, and we will have four rounds to debate. Thanks :)
Juris_Naturalis

Con

I accept. Please begin your arguments with posted definitions (if necessary).
Debate Round No. 1
DaveFoxChase

Pro

DaveFoxChase forfeited this round.
Juris_Naturalis

Con

Juris_Naturalis forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
DaveFoxChase

Pro

DaveFoxChase forfeited this round.
Juris_Naturalis

Con

My apologies for my forfeited round. I went out of town unexpectedly and wifi access wasn't constant.

So, I will be arguing in favor of gerrymandering.

The problem is, is there's more than one type of gerrymandering(each with it's own purpose), so I'm just going to speak about it in general.

1. It allows to have a stronger voting base that matches your type of policy.

Let's just say that you are a moderate democrat and one of your big policy concerns is getting the lower class more welfare benefits. But you are running in a district that as of now is middle class, leaning conservative, and they show little interest in welfare. What you could do is redraw the district lines to encompass more lower class neighbourhoods which would in turn give you a higher probability of lower class voters who would be in favor of your policy. This is a kind of cheesy example, but that's the idea.

Unfortunately I am low on characters and cannot present any other arguments.
Debate Round No. 3
DaveFoxChase

Pro

DaveFoxChase forfeited this round.
Juris_Naturalis

Con

I concede my points for the time being.
Debate Round No. 4
DaveFoxChase

Pro

DaveFoxChase forfeited this round.
Juris_Naturalis

Con

I concede.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by JustinAMoffatt 1 year ago
JustinAMoffatt
For clarity's sake, if I were to take this, we'd need an official definition. Would you like to provide one?

Also, can we make this 4 rounds?
Posted by DaveFoxChase 1 year ago
DaveFoxChase
@fictionaltruths
Gerrymandering is the intentional redrawing of congressional districts in order to insure that a representative gets easily reelected.
@donaldkeller
You know what i mean. Then take out the 'illegal' .There should be a law passed that ends gerrymandering. You should not be able to redraw districts. Or it should be a non-partisan/non-political event
Posted by donald.keller 1 year ago
donald.keller
Gerrymandering is already illegal if caught. You want to abolish it? Start finding examples of it to report.
Posted by Fictional_Truths1 1 year ago
Fictional_Truths1
Could you define Gerrymandering?
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