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Old 06-05-2019, 08:47 AM
UltraVires is offline
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bridgeport, WV, US
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Even if we assume absolutely equal representation, there is much to be said about geography playing a larger part.

Imagine a city divided into three areas: East, Mid, and West. Each area has 10 citizens (small city).

The race is Smith v. Jones and it breaks down as follows:

East: Smith 7, Jones 3
Mid: Jones 9, Smith 1
West: Smith 6, Jones 4

In a direct popular vote, Jones wins 16-14. However, shouldn't some consideration be given to the fact that two diverse areas of the city support Smith and only one supports Jones?

Should overwhelming support in one area drown out consistent support across a broader area?

Now supposed that Mid had 20 residents. You could see that in a direct popular vote, no candidate would ever pay attention to East and West. Some weight has to be given so that all diverse groups are heard.