chapter  6
The Gravity of the Prize
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Redistricting is the window through which we may view something more profound and disturbing about our Winner Take All system. Much as a comet brings to scientists periodic information from the farflung reaches of the galaxy, the decennial line-drawings that occurred in 1991-1992 and 2001-2002 afforded us an opportunity to glimpse a rare insight into the workings of our clanking, antiquated, eighteenth-century democracy technology. Taken in its totality, the madcap mayhem known as redistricting raises even more general doubts about single-seat districts themselves, and about Winner Take All in general.