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SYSTEMIC INEQUALITY IN AMERICAN REPRESENTATION: MALAPPORTIONMENT, PARTISAN GERRYMANDERING, AND A CASE FOR AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FOR THE AMERICAN VOTER

by Grant, Kristopher F

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine partisan gerrymandering and malapportionment, two political phenomena that have impacted the representational structure within the United States significantly. This work provides a history of the two issues across U.S. history within a framework examining original intent with regards to American electoral law, and representational values. This paper simultaneously utilizes both a macro and micro approach to engage with the history behind the text of American representational values and of partisan gerrymandering and malapportionment. It demonstrates how original intent with American electoral law and representational values has consistently been disregarded and exploited across U.S. history and then argues that the federal government has a compelling interest to implement affirmative action for the American voter under the authority of the First Amendment to ensure its legitimacy as a representative democracy within a republican framework.

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Includes bibliographical references.

Administrative Notes

The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:26237
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
88 pages : illustrations
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Coggins, Elizabeth
Department/Program
Political Science
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2016-05