...the upside of gerrymandering is the possibility of gaining more seats than your expected fair allocation of seats...to get this unfair allocation a party must distribute "their" finite number of precious partisan voters across many districts in "just enough numbers" to win, but no more (i. e. "waste" a precious partisan voter)...to determine what is "just enough" the gerrymanders generally use "historical voting patterns and turnout"...
...now the downside of a gerrymander...enter an ultra qualified charismatic politician who is able to "energize" their voters to turnout in numbers far exceeding the expected historical averages (i.e. Stacey Abrams)...the "just enough" allocation of the precious partisan voters in a particular gerrymandered district is "swamped"...and the opposition wins the gerrymandered district...
...this may be why Georgia's Secretary of State is very, very, very, concerned with the Democratic turnout...there are not enough reliably Republican voters in the gerrymandered district to cover the huge turnout...enter voter suppression (i.e a method of reducing the excessive turnout to the expected historical averages and those used when drawing the gerrymandered map)...
UPDATED 12/26/2018 Reuters, North Carolina Affidavits Released in Alleged Election Fraud Case and DCCC, Chairwoman Cheri Bustos Responds to Reports of Alleged Election Fraud in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District and DCCC, Chairwoman Cheri Bustos Announces First Round of Senior Staff Hires
"...The DCCC did amazing work in 2018 to win 40 seats. Our challenge is to build on that progress, to fortify and expand our majority...America’s strength has always come from our diversity. That’s why I’m committed to building a leadership team that reflects the tremendous diversity of our House Democrats and our nation..."
UPDATED 12/12/2018 NYT, With Power Grabs in the Midwest, G.O.P. Risks a 2020 Backlash
"...The more fundamental risk for Republicans is that voters are increasingly savvy about issues like gerrymandering, voting rights and campaign finance, which were once thought to be of great interest to elites but of little relevance to most citizens..."--NYT, With Power Grabs--
UPDATED 12/13/2018 TED, Three Questions to Ask Yourself About Everything You Do and CBS46, Fair Fight Georgia Files Lawsuit Against State of Georgia and Fair Fight Georgia
...don't forget to laugh...NewYorkerSatire, Iraq Offers to Help Establish Democracy in North Carolina...
UPDATED 11/29/2018 AP, Candidate-Backed Group Challenges Georgia Election Process and CHNews, Abrams Supporters Seek Wide-Reaching Election Reform in Georgia and Complaint, Fair Fight Action and Care in Action v. Robyn A. Crittenden (acting Georgia Secretary of State)
UPDATED 11/19/2018 AP, Abrams Says She Can’t Win Georgia Governor’s Race
...Georgia's electoral processes are a long way from inspiring confidence...the Republican Party has degenerated to a party of whiteface☂ ruse, artifice, and gimmick (i.e. GOP ⇒ RAG) across the United States...
UPDATED 11/13/2018 NYT, Georgia’s Shaky Voting System
...the NYT opinion has enough information to order a run-off based on Secretary of State, Bryan Kemp's gross negligence...a scandalous farce where a state's secretary of state "oversees" his own candidacy for governor is not an election...
UPDATED 11/08/2018 WP, Stacey Abrams Legal Team Holds News Conference
UPDATED 11/04/2018 USAToday, Georgia's GOP Secretary of State Alleges [w/o Evidence] State Democrats Tried To Hack Registration
UPDATED 11/03/2018 Reuters, U.S. Courts Rule Against Georgia On Voter Suppression Cases and NYT, Fired Up’ Voters in 22 States Are Outpacing [by 80%] 2014 Early Ballot Counts
UPDATED 11/03/2018 Vox, Why American Voter Registrations Are Disappearing and NewYorker, Are Police Targeting Get-Out-the-Vote Efforts in Georgia?
...don't forget to laugh...WP, The GOP Has A Preexisting Condition: Bigotry
...the caravan is "marching" like a bunch of D-0 Army recruits...better send Seal Team Six-Red and the 3rd Airborne Group to stop this "invading force"...(AP, Fact Check: President Trump’s Rhetoric and The Truth About Migrant Caravans)...make sure you pack the C-130s with extra MREs, doctors, and medical supplies...the "threat" will welcome offers of nourishment and medical attention...because the "threat" will likely mistake soldiers for border agents be ready to tell the surrendering "threat", in Spanish directions to the nearest border patrol agent... (WP, Trump’s Border Deployments Could Cost $200 Million by Year-End)
Originally Published October 31, 2018; Last Updated December 26, 2018; Last Republished December 26, 2018