This map is an example of how full representation voting systems -- such as choice voting, one-vote voting and cumulative voting ñ can be vehicles for providing fair representation for black voters. Existing U.S. House districts, numbered 1 through 7, have been combined into two larger "super districts", A and B. The voting-age-populations (VAP) and black share of these populations are shown below. The percentage of votes necessary to win is based on use of a full representation voting system.
In 1967,Congress passed a law requiring states to use one-seat U.S. House districts. This year, Congressman Mel Watt has introduced a bill called the States' Choice of Voting Systems Act (HR 1173) which would lift this requirement. Similar super-district plans could be used for local and state redistricting plans in 2001-2.
|Northern District A
|Population per seat:||603,493||602,000|
|Non-white % of VAP:||33.4%||28.2%|
|Voting Rights Analysis:||Minority voters could elect a candidate of choice.||Minority voters could elect a candidate of choice.|
For more information, contact:The Center for Voting and Democracy