The man who rigged America's election maps

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The story of the man who gerrymandered America.
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When Republican mapmaker Thomas Hofeller died in 2018, we learned exactly how far Republicans were willing to go to gerrymander political districts - and rig elections to give themselves majorities in statehouses and Congress.
Here's Hofeller's obituary from 2018, before his files were released:
And here's David Daley - one of the leading experts on gerrymandering - writing about Hofeller's files, which show the intent behind the maps he drew:
My colleagues Ella Nilsen and Tara Golshan covered the North Carolina maps being thrown out by state courts:
If you want to read arguably the definitive book on modern gerrymandering, check our Daley's book, Ratf**ked:
Lastly, here's footage of the maps being redrawn on a livestream - and one Republican state senator getting caught trying to gerrymander more Republicans into his district: is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out
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Vox - 7 mánuðum síðan
Correction at 1:40: Tom Hoffeler didn't make the black-and-white map on the top row. The map was presented by the plaintiffs in a legal challenge to North Carolina's 2017 maps.
ZFG Jerky
ZFG Jerky - 9 dögum síðan
@Harrison Lane I don't remember what I was talking about exactly when I wrote this, because that was 7 months ago. But, I believe it was along the lines that if this was illegal than the cities would get control over the less populated areas by controlling their House Rep, and eventually the house would be almost entirely blue and they would abolish the two party system(I can't remember how though). Btw I have Grand experience as why Cities should be in their own congressional districts. I live in NY's 27th Congressional District, which is most of Niagara County, but Niagara falls isn't apart of this district, and I'm very happy of that, because the population of NF is larger than the rest of county and would control to district, and NF is ten times worse than the rest of the county in terms of literally everything except public transportation, because we don't need that outside of the cities because everyone has cars and a job.
michael morris
michael morris - 9 dögum síðan
@Harrison Lane bro this conversation has been over for a month lol
Harrison Lane
Harrison Lane - 9 dögum síðan
@michael morris burden on proof is on the person making the accusation.
Harrison Lane
Harrison Lane - 9 dögum síðan
@ZFG Jerky "the two party system would be illegal" good???
michael morris
michael morris - Mánuði síðan
@Tan Truong says the one who didn't know you can vote with a state ID in California
Tyler McMasters(ST)
Tyler McMasters(ST) - 49 mínútum síðan
emocrats draw the lines in almost every state but north carolina
Duhitsdalton - 8 klukkustundum síðan
His daughter a snitch
Diaan Nasser
Diaan Nasser - 11 klukkustundum síðan
Question: how tf do they have access to voting history?? Isn’t voting supposed to anonymous?
Diaan Nasser
Diaan Nasser - 11 klukkustundum síðan
Question: how tf do they have access to voting history?? Isn’t voting supposed to anonymous?
Mihai Craciun
Mihai Craciun - 13 klukkustundum síðan
if representative democracy were to TRULY reflect the people's wishes, it wouldn't matter in the election. the popular vote LITERALLY DOES JUST THAT. divide and conquer at its finest.
hyperlapse - Degi Síðan síðan
Republicans hate democracy lol
Sam ytdjtdmhndf
Sam ytdjtdmhndf - Degi Síðan síðan
USA is a joke country. Which makes it extra hilarious when conservative Americans act as if it’s amazing. It’s like when Eric Cartman boasts about how cool he is
Stephen Zero
Stephen Zero - Degi Síðan síðan
As a non-US Citizen, gerrymandering has always been a confusing concept and i always had no idea why it's still a thing Thank
C Morahan
C Morahan - Degi Síðan síðan
Who ever gets the most voted should win why is it so hard.
C Morahan
C Morahan - Degi Síðan síðan
Republicans need to cheat to win hahahahah
1silvervespa - 2 dögum síðan
Frank Zappa and George Carlin you should have listened to them.
1silvervespa - 2 dögum síðan
His manurisms are just like trump ..
Philippe Verhoosel
Philippe Verhoosel - 2 dögum síðan
I agree but Let’s not forget Democrats Also Gerrymander and are also Misusers of power .
1K subs with no videos?
1K subs with no videos? - 2 dögum síðan
This is why first past the post is the worst election system
Josiah Humber
Josiah Humber - 2 dögum síðan
We need a stv instead of districts
T. Brookshire Harris
T. Brookshire Harris - 2 dögum síðan
This was an awesome educational video. Horrible subject. But great tutorial on how this despicable strategy works.
BladesBoyGaming !!!
BladesBoyGaming !!! - 3 dögum síðan
You do realize it's not only Republicans doing this?
Poke MoizMC
Poke MoizMC - 3 dögum síðan
Why did thomas whatever got the yoshikage kira's theme?
Justin Boyd
Justin Boyd - 4 dögum síðan
GOP depends on voter suppression and gerrymandering. It's not a party but a radical insurgency.
VatroxPlays - 4 dögum síðan
Democracy btw
Megalodon Unlocked
Megalodon Unlocked - 4 dögum síðan
Why did I know the guy was a small hat.
Kiz Epic Journey
Kiz Epic Journey - 4 dögum síðan
When I am president, all elected Republicans will be put in forced labor camps!
Remi LABARRE - 5 dögum síðan
Oh my... Republicans. Again. Praying for you my fellow Americans. Love you.
Trevor Szuba-Schneider
Trevor Szuba-Schneider - 5 dögum síðan
How disgusting. How sad. This is what the ugliest of humans do to remain in power when they deserve to be charged a felony.
Matt James
Matt James - 6 dögum síðan
Proportional representation. That's how to fix this.
You take all the votes in a state or in the nation, and tally what percentage of the vote each party received, then each party will control that percentage of the legislature.
So if Democrats win 54% of the votes in a state, they get 54% of the national seats from that state or 54% of the state legislature.
That also makes it so non-mainatream parties will get seats. If the Green party gets 5% of the vote, they'll get 5% of the seats.
Sattwik Mohanty
Sattwik Mohanty - 6 dögum síðan
Americans are genius .
Sattwik Mohanty
Sattwik Mohanty - 6 dögum síðan
Not illegal
PixelPhobiac - 7 dögum síðan
What about pretending like being true democracy and let the people vote directly, add up all the votes and calculate who has more votes?
BabsW - 7 dögum síðan
Bernie was right again
BabsW - 7 dögum síðan
Evil man. Good to hear that he's dead.
BabsW - 7 dögum síðan
I thought voting was based on counties. Guess I was wrong.
Emilio Maspero
Emilio Maspero - 7 dögum síðan
And this is why democracy will never be America's finest export product.
Isaiah da Track Killa
Isaiah da Track Killa - 9 dögum síðan
Wow I'm not surprised. The Republicans are corrupt
Javier Drake
Javier Drake - 10 dögum síðan
Do a series of videos on third parties. Like so they can see.
President Camden
President Camden - 10 dögum síðan
Hopefully my home state of Michigan will do something about this soon. I pretty much have no say in who my representative is for my district.
Gilbert Honda
Gilbert Honda - 13 dögum síðan
This is a really big problem in MI according to the daily news...
MegaRoFLL - 14 dögum síðan
the only good thing i got from this video is that hes dead.....
NAME NAME NAME - 14 dögum síðan
The unfortunate situation is that those who have the ability to remove gerrymandering are the same people who benefit from it.
A piece of hair
A piece of hair - 15 dögum síðan
I’m not even joking for a split second I thought the person in the thumbnail was Trump
My man Charlie
My man Charlie - 15 dögum síðan
I truly am afraid of democrats getting into office again they need to be stopped
solomon yi
solomon yi - 15 dögum síðan
This isn't democracy. These are the same tactics that dictators and people who become dictators use.
Kennie Smith
Kennie Smith - 16 dögum síðan
This video just melted my brain? Can someone explain this. I don't live in the States and find this so confusing
Robot Fighting Replicas Ertwas
Robot Fighting Replicas Ertwas - 14 dögum síðan
@Henk - why does that matter?
Henk -
Henk - - 16 dögum síðan
where are you from?
Colton - 17 dögum síðan
Thanks, got my ap govt test in 4 hours
Boa Constricted
Boa Constricted - 17 dögum síðan
Oh so the Dems don’t do the same thing ok ya makes sense
xxsknnylgndx - 17 dögum síðan
I hate this country ✨
Justin Y.
Justin Y. - 18 dögum síðan
in my country we call this "corruption"
Your Supreme Leader And Great Orange Donald Trump
As a Vietnamese Giiiiing Ging I do not understand this, I just get Natan to do my vote
RJ T - 18 dögum síðan
The US is a Democratic Republic, I see alot of Republic and not a lot of Democratic.
jack tollitt
jack tollitt - 20 dögum síðan
The vote should be the popular vote
Joseph Louwerse
Joseph Louwerse - 21 degi síðan síðan
Representation by population is the only true democracy
Michel Pelletier
Michel Pelletier - 24 dögum síðan
God, these GOP are evil.
Bo_Jelin - 24 dögum síðan
So the already broken system is even more broken? Yay
Bo_Jelin - 24 dögum síðan
Frieder Kumpf
Frieder Kumpf - 24 dögum síðan
Why not just proportional seat distribution?
CheddarJ - 24 dögum síðan
This goes both ways. Look at California’s us house reps this year. Republicans got 32% of the votes and got 7 seats or 13% of all seats.
Robot Fighting Replicas Ertwas
Robot Fighting Replicas Ertwas - 14 dögum síðan
Good point this video really only shows the Republicans doing when both sides are doing it, but it still does explain it pretty well.
Ali Arafat
Ali Arafat - 24 dögum síðan
Taste the Freedom
Connor J. Brewer
Connor J. Brewer - 25 dögum síðan
This should be illegal.
Kevin Cui
Kevin Cui - 26 dögum síðan
What’s the point of multi party rule? These are partial interest parties that but no means try to benefit the wellbeing of all Americans, nor are they effective. All this time is wasted electing and talking.
Wen - 27 dögum síðan
I miss Lincoln :P
Robert Garcia
Robert Garcia - 27 dögum síðan
So that means Gerrymadering needs to be abolish. Is unconstitutional. It's just plain wrong. It's winning by cheating.
Shishtar Shook
Shishtar Shook - 27 dögum síðan
all these comment are republicans being like no it’s ok but if this was the same thing but in favor of democrats y’all would be outraged
Jason Rockefeller
Jason Rockefeller - 29 dögum síðan
This is genius on some many levels.
Anthony Diaz
Anthony Diaz - 29 dögum síðan
I definitely think what this guy did was terrible. The I agree with is vote ID! If you think it singles out a group of minorites it's does not. When it comes time to vote either busses could pick them up or whenever they get there driver's license they can get the voter ID card and it should have the political party you agree with on it and paper ballots need to be in used at any voting circumstance. No no computers or apps no mailing in
MrHistory 808
MrHistory 808 - 29 dögum síðan
Wow this is just sad
V.P.S Konda Reddy
V.P.S Konda Reddy - Mánuði síðan
What about democratic gerrymandering?
Nick B
Nick B - 26 dögum síðan
Both republican and Democratic gerrymandering is bad.
Waylen Honeycutt
Waylen Honeycutt - Mánuði síðan
Who else got mad cuz they thought it was Trump
mai mai mai
mai mai mai - Mánuði síðan
Secret Sauce
Secret Sauce - Mánuði síðan
Gerrymandering, no matter what party is doing it, is profoundly undemocratic. Full stop.
Lalo S
Lalo S - Mánuði síðan
Felix Beutin
Felix Beutin - Mánuði síðan
USA: has gerrymanderd districts.
Me:laughs in german 🇩🇪😅
Elika - Mánuði síðan
Just have everybody vote and proportionally elect the representatives.
Gabe 42
Gabe 42 - Mánuði síðan
The representatives are supposed to represent their district though
Michael Pomales
Michael Pomales - Mánuði síðan
Like that will ever happen given the current political climate
Jack Skoskiewicz
Jack Skoskiewicz - Mánuði síðan
“Over the next few years pass crucial legislation”
*”which bathrooms transgender people use”*
theuglykwan - 15 dögum síðan
Which makes them lose the governorship. lol But hidden in that same bill was a provision that meant localities couldn't pass a minimum wage that was higher than the state. No one noticed that.
M X - Mánuði síðan
That’s disgusting how hurt democracy is in USA hope they’ll be like Europe in some time with a true Democracy
Independent voter
Independent voter - Mánuði síðan
the last thing most Americans want is to be like Europe.
The Random Channel
The Random Channel - Mánuði síðan
It doesn’t mean toon that the democratic states do this do. BRUH.
Coding Cat
Coding Cat - Mánuði síðan
When? Give me an example you Fox News watcher.
bibia666 - Mánuði síðan
His doughter is a hero, her father....., out of respect for her i won´t go on.....
Jose Flores
Jose Flores - Mánuði síðan
Vox: But the Election results in NC were really weird.
GOP: So anyway, I started bribing.
Keehan Turnbull
Keehan Turnbull - Mánuði síðan
that should not be allowed
jhgjhgj hgjhgdj
jhgjhgj hgjhgdj - Mánuði síðan
Obviously all new Maps have to be drawn by non-Politicians. America needs a new System of "Map-drawing" that completely excludes the influence of Politicians.
Robot Fighting Replicas Ertwas
Robot Fighting Replicas Ertwas - 14 dögum síðan
Both parties would shoot that down immediately if anyone tried that.
Independent voter
Independent voter - Mánuði síðan
Good luck on that one.
noah - Mánuði síðan
Gerrymandering helps but it doesnt guarantee a Republican win. Just helps by maybe 15% eitherway.