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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  1. andrew ey

    andrew eyVor 2 Stunden

    What you need is the good old Aussie system, where there is an independent commission which delineates boundaries by law. Usually, everybody is maddened by the result, which of course means, on the whole, it is pretty fair

  2. ashesfrombones

    ashesfrombonesVor 3 Stunden

    That speech at the end... has... o..oni...onion

  3. kalenen

    kalenenVor 3 Stunden

    Funny how americans try to spread "Democracy" when you dont even have that shit yourself

  4. Bart Pander

    Bart PanderVor 4 Stunden

    Proportional representation for one of the chambers of parliament. (senate or house of representatives) would solve much of the political problems of the USA in the long run.

  5. Zero

    ZeroVor 4 Stunden

    Voting in Aus is anonymous. You can't predict votes based on previous voting patterns if they have no data on previous voting patterns. US citizens should have the right be anonymous when voting surely.

  6. Frank Kamp

    Frank KampVor 4 Stunden

    Fairness is not an american virtue.

  7. Bad _auctioneers

    Bad _auctioneersVor 6 Stunden

    Lol in Australia we have a census every 5 years and we have a lower population than u lot

  8. Mark Arnold

    Mark ArnoldVor 8 Stunden

    5:14 is surely Karl Pilkington, the US edition...

  9. Beavis emoji here

    Beavis emoji hereVor 10 Stunden

    Gerrymandering always always ALWAYS seeks to negate the ethnic and low income vote. ALWAYS. Also, I've been alive for a few years and never have I contacted for a census count--ever, nor have I EVER known anyone who has. My country is CORRUPT. When the electoral college, which is supposed to represent the people, fails, and elects someone other than who the popular vote voted for, it is broken and is a result of gerrymandering. This has happened thrice in US history (to my knowledge) but two of those were within the last 12 years, which tells me the system is broken, stupid, outdated, and dumb. Down with the electoral college and gerrymandering. Count the popular vote ONLY. That is the ONLY way this government can be for the people, by the people like it's supposed to be.

  10. David Horcrux

    David HorcruxVor 10 Stunden

    Imagine thinking anyone's vote actually counts.

  11. Jared Musil

    Jared MusilVor 11 Stunden

    I may be the only person, but frankly visit Des Moines and you might like it. I know I do.

  12. Dane Hart

    Dane HartVor 11 Stunden

    odd why the flag there ? o ya its part of his joke

  13. dchegu

    dcheguVor 11 Stunden

    U can overcome gerrymandering but the vote swings must be massive n.overwhelming.

  14. JJ Allwood

    JJ AllwoodVor 12 Stunden

    JOHN! That is too much d. For anyone. Thank you as well for making me LOL you are hilarious.

  15. Poufkimashoula

    PoufkimashoulaVor 13 Stunden

    American politics are terrifying.

  16. Jocelyne Isabelle

    Jocelyne IsabelleVor 13 Stunden

    could've thrown a parks and rec reference in there and you didnt and im disappointed.

  17. Selale Z

    Selale ZVor 14 Stunden

    How is drawing a district like earmuffs to have the Latino community and the African American communities separate NOT racist?

  18. WireTamer

    WireTamerVor 15 Stunden

    PART TWO: How the US can get out of this mess????

  19. SeedlingNL

    SeedlingNLVor 15 Stunden

    Voting districts should be about efficiency, not manipulating the outcome... The most fair would be that each party supplies a list of candidates, and voters either pick a preferred candidate, or the party in general if you don't have a favorite. The more votes the party has, the more seats they earn. Seats which are then filled by voter preference on candidates. For more equality, you could even go 50/50 on men/women, and sprinkle in some candidates with strong ties to minority religions or special interests. Even the most basic version, where you only pick a party, is more democratic then the gerrymandered political corruption that is so ingrained in US politics...

  20. John French

    John FrenchVor 16 Stunden

    Gerrymandering reminds me of the game of “Risk”.

  21. lissa Rodrigues

    lissa RodriguesVor 17 Stunden

    It's time to stop gerrymandering and let people choose their candidates.

  22. Tawny Ulcer

    Tawny UlcerVor 17 Stunden

    Gee, trickle down economics isn’t working for anyone but the very rich and the stock market. Who would have guessed?

  23. Marilyn Hightower

    Marilyn HightowerVor 18 Stunden

    LMAO "Don't say anything."

  24. OmnissiahZelos

    OmnissiahZelosVor 23 Stunden

    So republicans, unedicated idiots Democrats, educated

  25. Bikash Das

    Bikash DasVor Tag

    Not sure, but is racist grandma related to "Mitch McConnell"?

  26. Robert Theref

    Robert TherefVor Tag

    Another TV personality without a fucking clue. Both sides change the boundaries. John Garamendi is a fag. The only way a rude cunt like Maxine can win her district was by moving the borders to all those very poor places all over LA. Look at that map dumb twat. Demoshits draw every map in California and have for years....

  27. Michael Matherne

    Michael MatherneVor 15 Stunden

    Then you should be in favor of the abolition of gerrymandering, since it hurts your side in some locations. Support an independent commission to design districts as compactly as population distribution allows.

  28. bongo155

    bongo155Vor 20 Stunden

    Nope. Going into 2018 midterms GOP had 14 house seats in CA. But why not setup an independent federal body to draw boundaries for districts? Funny how its the cons and republitards that are against that.

  29. Brennen Cox

    Brennen CoxVor Tag

    but districts could be ... more square...

  30. Leon Andrews

    Leon AndrewsVor Tag

    I love John Oliver but he doesn’t really get it. Usually people in urban areas and minorities (who usually live in urban areas, but not always especially in the South) vote Democratic. White people and especially rural white people vote Republican. Like in Ohio for instance, Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland are going to go Democratic. The rural areas are Republican. However in Presidential elections, Democrats flip states which has a large city anchored to a state. Illinois is a good example. Illinois goes Democratic, well not really Illinois but Chicago does and there are more Chicagoland voters than shitkickers Downstate so here we are. New York State vs the City, Las Vegas vs. Nevada. America is now electorally divided between urban mostly minority voters who live in clusters vs suburban and rural white people who live in a wider area, which is why Republicans have an edge, not really “Gerrymandering” (which is bullshit and there should be a more uniform system to divide districts). Still love ya John you liberal wanker. Cheerio!

  31. Brennen Cox

    Brennen CoxVor Tag

    0:25 Isn't all gerrymandering illegal? I hate when i find serious problems before even 30secs have gone by... 8:00 oh, it would appear not.... this should be changed

  32. James Hightower

    James HightowerVor Tag

    American People! We need a strong third party!!!

  33. Ben M

    Ben MVor Tag

    Anyone here angry after the 2018 midterm elections?

  34. Ptericles

    PtericlesVor Tag

    So it sounds like Last Week tonight is arguing for a direct democracy. A direct democracy would be dangerous because it's not just individuals having poor judgment, but large groups of misinformed people convinced about a bad idea. The point was to have the elites have more wisdom than common folks. But congressmen are just popular. They often don't really have better judgement necessarily. So we try to give more power to someone many people believe has better judgment than a mob of ignorant people. Maybe in the case of voter districts, we should consider having a direct democracy by proposition. An elected official could make a proposal which then is voted on by proposition on a ballot. Perhaps, that would make it reflect the total number of voters in a state and in the country.

  35. Michael Matherne

    Michael MatherneVor 15 Stunden

    The "wise" elites mostly just end up as a self-interested tribe who will do anything to keep the status quo that keeps them in power. We need populist candidates and election mechanics that favor populists. It might not be perfect, but it would be a hell of a lot better than having a self-interested elitist establishment tribe rule over us and mostly ignore us in favor of the rich donors who bribe them. Legally bribe them, thanks to Citizens United.

  36. wendy boothman

    wendy boothmanVor Tag

    The tories wanted to redraw British boundaries that would have removed the labour leaders constituency.

  37. Crystal Wolcott

    Crystal WolcottVor Tag

    Columbus has actually really improved since I was a kid. Downtown and Short North are fun of cool shops like "Out of the Closet" which raises money for and offers HIV testing. There are lots of great mom and pop restaurants which slowly become bars and pus as you get closer the Ohio State University. There are smoke shops on High Street where you can buy completely legal CBD and the whole state is rushing to open dispensaries for medical marijuana patients. Recreational use is usually soon to follow. We have Uber and Lyft as well as public buses and (love them or hate them they're here to say) Bird Scooters. I guess what I'm saying is, Columbus is becoming more progressive already, but it would be great to educate the diverse voters we already have and make sure there isn't voter discrimination happening. Young Dems should move to the countryside. I currently live in the country and work in Columbus. I vote in a mostly red community but still enjoy what Columbus has to offer. Idk just something to think about. (Also the zoo is pretty stellar.)

  38. RustyDust101

    RustyDust101Vor Tag

    Simplest solution to Gerrymandering: Full public vote. No more electoral college. No more district votes making senators and governors. Make the democratic republic of USA a real democracy. Make the distributor of democracy across the world an actual example to follow. Not "do as I say, not as I do".

  39. bongo155

    bongo155Vor 20 Stunden

    He was mainly talking about the House of Represenatives rather than electoral college. Electoral college is for the Presidency.

  40. Outrageous Sports

    Outrageous SportsVor Tag

    Let’s go skins🏈

  41. yidingcao

    yidingcaoVor Tag

    Everybody’s vote should count equally huh? Talk to Electoral College about that!

  42. Saif Chowdhury

    Saif ChowdhuryVor Tag

    How about... dont tell the people which side it is that the colors represent. For example reps can be represented with black, dems with purple, and the makers have to district it fairly, without surley knowing if they are helping their side or their opponents side.

  43. Ron Winter

    Ron WinterVor Tag

    Frampton Rules!!! Wait...what am I watching?

  44. B Ok

    B OkVor Tag

    Who’s watching this in preparation to to 2020?

  45. Pedro Pinheiro Augusto

    Pedro Pinheiro AugustoVor Tag

    Ahhhh... America. Definitely, not a democracy.

  46. Martin McCabe

    Martin McCabeVor 2 Tage

    Brits can't talk. Look at Northern Ireland back in the day!

  47. Pamela Homeyer

    Pamela HomeyerVor 2 Tage

    We already have zip codes we don't need lines

  48. ProfVRandall _

    ProfVRandall _Vor 2 Tage

    Please stop degrading the meaning of racist. A person mocking someone's accent is only racist if it involves a mocking based on race. British is not a race .

  49. Hammer

    HammerVor 2 Tage

    How about get rid of "districts" altogether. If all of these "districts" are added up to find a "combined" number, just skip the "districts". This allows all votes to count to the final total. Oddly enough, this would be election by popular vote.

  50. bongo155

    bongo155Vor 20 Stunden

    Because thats now how Congress is setup. Nor is that how the Westminster system works for UK and commonwealth countries

  51. chucky

    chuckyVor 2 Tage

    so much for a private vote that no one knows who you vote for... obviously they KNOW who the fuck you vote for, which is damn scary... why bother going behind a cardboard screen?? laughable

  52. Austin McMahon

    Austin McMahonVor 2 Tage

    this show is designed for dim witted lower middle class senior citizens and working class dimwits. Just give the comedian "journalist" a british accnet and he sounds real "official".... walter cronkite turning over.

  53. bongo155

    bongo155Vor 20 Stunden

    ikr. People should watch qualify like Fox News dont you think?

  54. Chris Harvey

    Chris HarveyVor 2 Tage

    This whole problem can be solved with Fair Representation Voting:

  55. Have Faith

    Have FaithVor 2 Tage

    I wish Barry had created gerrymandering, the new guy would have done away when he first walked in 1600 Pennsylvania.

  56. Joshua Graham

    Joshua GrahamVor 2 Tage

    So can we all agree that there should be a federal law against Gerrymandering?