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Copyright The Regents of the University of California, 1985.

UCLA Law Review

COMMENTARY: GERRYMANDERING AND THE BROODING OMNIPRESENCE OF PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION: WHY WON'T IT GO AWAY?

OCTOBER, 1985

33 UCLA L. Rev. 257

Author

Sanford Levinson *

Excerpt

I. INTRODUCTION

A spectre is haunting this Symposium -- the spectre of proportional representation. 1 All three of the Symposium articles mention it; all three almost as quickly deny its centrality to the issues raised by this conference. 2 Thus Lowenstein and Steinberg, in the course of an impressively comprehensive and illuminating article, say only that "Americans have demonstrated almost no interest in proportional representation schemes of the sort used in many continental democracies." Instead, we have committed ourselves to a geographically based winner-take-all "system of legislative elections [that by its very nature] looks to a number of separate contests and is thus fundamentally opposed to any concept of adding up national or statewide vote totals." 3 That they have nothing further to say does not significantly affect the plausibility of their overall position, for they are arguing vigorously against any judicial scrutiny of the "fairness" of apportionment beyond the equipopulous district standards established by existing case law.

The other two Symposium articles, by Niemi and Grofman, are the more likely victims of this particular spectre, for both are willing to countenance at least some judicial examination of "fairness," at least where gerrymandering is alleged and intent to gerrymander is proven. Yet Niemi is quick to assure his readers that he has not supported proportional representation either "personally or in [his] writings." 4 Indeed, the chief purpose of his article is to enunciate a method that cours can use to assess the fairness of political districting. Niemi's method ...
 
 
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