Daily Hospitalizations (logarithmic scale)

Trump’s con represents the worst kind of contradiction when rigging an election by suppressing the vote is anchored in a systematic combination of lies and disinformation. Yet all the GOP has left are long odds for Trump. The issue will be whether in the margins — will there be enough Trump voters to replicate the 155,000 swing state win in 2016 while losing the popular vote by numbers like 3 million. Swing-state voting so far is reporting evenly divided by party. The reality will be at the state-level and all those potential extraneous variables, among other types like the attempt to reinforce Trump’s low-information voters’ beliefs in herd immunity.

Republicans now head into the election appealing to voters with three deceptions:

  1. That they support the pre-existing conditions protections they’ve asked the Supreme Court to annul (in a lawsuit they apparently agree is frivolous);
  2. that their zeal to replace Ginsburg in the midst of an election they’re poised to lose has nothing to do with health care;
  3. and that any attempt by the Democratic Party to undo the GOP’s multifaceted theft of the courts would constitute an unacceptable breach of the norms they’ve spent five years gleefully sundering.


United States Records Its Worst Week Yet for Virus Cases

Daily Hospitalizations (logarithmic scale)

The visualization is interactive (on the webpage). Choose an elected body of national government—the Senate, the House of Representatives, or the Electoral College—change the baseline state (where relative vote weight equals one)—and see how vote weights elsewhere measure up.

By default, the baseline state is Louisiana, which has the median population of all the states. The color scheme is uniform across all bodies of government. Colors become more or less dispersed based on your selection, ranging from purple to green to yellow for the Senate to a more compressed spectrum for the House.

Of course, the visualization doesn’t capture everything. Disenfranchisement and voter suppression determine who gets to vote and how easy it is for them to do so. The Electoral College relegates the presidential contest to battleground states, while marginal votes in solidly red or blue ones are discouraged and ignored. This map only shows one, easily-quantifiable aspect of the representation gap.

 Is this just the Constitution?

If we have an interest in democracy, the representational inequality shown above would be completely untenable. There is no reason for one voter to have nearly 70 times the senate representation as another voter merely because they live in a different state.


  • October 30, 2020