Ep. 8 F*ck Partisans, Marry Census, Kill Gerry
Remember the game F*ck, Marry, Kill? This is a cheeky take on that game. Partisans need to Eff the way off. We want you to take the Census in your hands and marry it. Make some sweet, sweet census filling out love. Most importantly, we want to KILL GERRY (mandering).
Who would have thought the census was such a big deal? Fill it out people! Leah has had some tangle ups with the census over the years, but we talk through it and bring her to the side of knowing how gosh darn important the CENSUS is! It’s bananas!
This is how they disperse money for local programs based on the size of the population…
This is how they re-draw district lines and determines how many state representatives you get in the House of Representatives…
Believe me. Trump does NOT want immigrants, refugees, illegals accounted for, which should be the sign that WE NEED every one of those people TO count. Living situations are tricky. The fear of being illegal is scary… BUT also vital to have the number of people truly within an area to be represented! It includes citizens, non-citizen legal residents, non-citizen long-term visitors and undocumented immigrants. Please also be sure to count roommates, young children, newborns, anyone who is renting a space in your home, including foster children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and the children of friends (even if they are living with you temporarily).
The census is not sexy to talk about, but please baby Jesus reach out to vulnerable populations to support them to fill out the census! The census goes hand in hand with gerrymandering. Boo.
On this episode of Midwest Misfits, we are going to chat about…You guessed it, the 2020 Census with a “Gerry” cherry on top. Gerrymandering that is. You have all heard of it, but did you know just how evil it really is? As crazy as it sounds, this election will come down to a few million votes and that crazy electoral college is likely to screw us again…all do to Gerrymandering…and maybe a few other things, but Gerry really puts a wrench into our voting right.
Gerrymandering allows the partisan candidate pick their voter, rather than the voter choosing their candidate. This has led to forming districts that ensure high levels of partisanship often leads to higher levels of partisanship in legislative bodies. If a substantial number of districts are designed to be polarized, then those districts’ representation will also likely act in a heavily partisan manner, which can create and perpetuate partisan gridlock. Kill GERRY!