Gerrymandering: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Lawmakers often reshape voting districts to shift the balance of political power. That's unfair to voters, even those of us with questionable judgment.
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  1. my Name is Nobody

    my Name is Nobody

    2 dias atrás

    Last time I checked I exist and I dont give 2 fucks about this stuff. There you go I found you one person. Let me draw your maps. Warning though- youll end up with some weird fucking shapes. LOL

  2. Mr B

    Mr B

    2 dias atrás

    We are a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy. If you want a Democracy, move back to England

  3. subpar 1224

    subpar 1224

    3 dias atrás

    You know that there is an actual video game where you try to Gerrymander to get all the votes you can

  4. LTI


    6 dias atrás

    Why is this important, if Laws allow Gerrymandering lines to change voter turnout that can alter election results . I ask was Gerrymandering involved in the Trump election? It’s a way to cheat the consumers out of Democracy

  5. Michael Van Quakebeke

    Michael Van Quakebeke

    9 dias atrás

    >7:40 Talks about gerrymandering people on the basis of race is bad >14:10 supports gerrymandering Latinos and African Americans on the basis of race

  6. iDroid


    10 dias atrás

    We won't let Russians rig our elections. We are fully capable of doing it ourselves...

  7. iDroid


    10 dias atrás

    J.O make America sane again...

  8. Katie Kay

    Katie Kay

    11 dias atrás

    I am outraged! How dare you call mostly strawberry neopolitan ice cream perverted! I wish that was how it really came! I demand a public apology for the pervert comment!

  9. SeEpiN - Incoherent Rambling

    SeEpiN - Incoherent Rambling

    11 dias atrás

    if everyone does it then it doesn't seem like cheating

  10. Leon Zealand

    Leon Zealand

    12 dias atrás

    Hey they got one of the insane clown possy guys

  11. Sean C

    Sean C

    12 dias atrás

    Thanks to the electoral college it is technically possible to win the Presidency by the votes of only 11 states. In other words, if those 11 states had a 100% vote for one person, the other 29 states become completely irrelevant. That's why you've got a President now who lost by 3 million overall votes but still won. Yay democracy....??

  12. lostc0z


    20 dias atrás

    Most if not all people vote down the ballot blue or red so gerrymandering isn't exactly a problem anyway... Voters be like hmm think I'll vote blue all my life, tada!

  13. William Lewis

    William Lewis

    21 dia atrás

    The original “influencers “

  14. Cannibal713


    21 dia atrás

    I think I get it. Its illegal to gerrymander along racial lines, unless it hurts white peoples voting power. Then you can have earmuff (or whatever) shaped districts. Or did I miss something?

  15. shao19851


    26 dias atrás

    I don’t know how American still go around claiming their country is the most democratic, I think we Australia have a far more fair and efficient system when it come to representation, and we never try to rub it on other’s face!

  16. Abdullah Hamad

    Abdullah Hamad

    29 dias atrás

    Solution: Get apolitical, volunteer collegiate mathematics statisticians to draw district boundaries based on something OTHER than party affiliation, race, religion, disability, or socioeconomic status.

  17. John Doe

    John Doe

    Mês atrás

    Just reminding people, all out democracy is just mob rule and anarchy. On the other side of the spectrum, complete authoritarianism is fascist and immoral. That’s why America is the best country in the world, we struck a balance of democracy and republicanism. Not too much power goes to the government but not so little that the states are running themselves.

  18. zzz plague

    zzz plague

    Mês atrás

    The democrats are gerrymandering by allowing illegals to vote. Illegals that come to vote for dems. Outrageous

  19. sean callahan

    sean callahan

    Mês atrás

    Both sides do it...then complain about the other side doing it...its ridiculous

  20. bubbiesdad


    Mês atrás

    Gerrymandering helps both parties.

  21. Jacob manula

    Jacob manula

    Mês atrás

    I find it highly interesting that a majority of the states that have gerrymandered districts are from strictly republican ruled states.

    • bubbiesdad


      Mês atrás

      Well, you are wrong.

  22. caro jüng

    caro jüng

    Mês atrás

    I thought they had a very similar system in Britain though?

  23. Clarence Kennedy

    Clarence Kennedy

    Mês atrás

    The new religion speaking the truth

  24. adfjk Guy

    adfjk Guy

    Mês atrás

    The district system itself is already stupid

  25. Thomas kirschbaum

    Thomas kirschbaum

    Mês atrás

    Did he say "if I fealt...."? That last idiot Republican needs subtitled to have a chance of being understood by those who speak English.

  26. Pyles Tin

    Pyles Tin

    Mês atrás

    Ive learned so much about illegal goverment actions from john Oliver. They should teach this stuff in school.

  27. Matt Temporado

    Matt Temporado

    Mês atrás

    Dont kill the messenger I loved this hahah

  28. Edward Rawn

    Edward Rawn

    Mês atrás

    No one wants to fake socialize with the quiddich player, lawl!

  29. Hyper Sonic

    Hyper Sonic

    Mês atrás

    Senate is just as bad as gerrymandering. California has 40 million people while Wyoming has 0.5 million people. Each state gets 2 senators. Democrats want the senate back? Move to the low pop states!

    • Prashant Wason

      Prashant Wason

      Mês atrás

      Exactly. That is why there are blue states and red states. Its because most Democrat voters stay in highly urban areas and states, whereas republican voters tend to stay in rural regions.

  30. Glasses&Mouthplates


    Mês atrás

    Gerrymandering was also the reason why my country (Malaysia) managed to keep its already-widely-known-corrupted Prime Minister in power during the 2014 general election. The opposition party received popular vote count of 50.87% but the ruling government retained its power all because they had more winning seats by 133 (state government) vs 89 (opposition)

  31. Kamen Anew

    Kamen Anew

    2 meses atrás

    Whoop whoop! Stop it Lmafo 😂🤣

  32. Adam Kelly

    Adam Kelly

    2 meses atrás

    I don’t know what kinda of laws are being proposed to reduce or eliminate gerrymandering, but I think that if any election ends up with the proportion of districts going towards each party does not reflect the voting base within a 10% difference, then they need to be redrawn by a neutral third party that year so that the districts accurately represent the voting base!

  33. Espio ALPH3ON Momene

    Espio ALPH3ON Momene

    2 meses atrás

    How bad is it when white people are racist to OTHER white people?

  34. Arslan Khalid

    Arslan Khalid

    2 meses atrás

    Great episode

  35. Preston U-ie

    Preston U-ie

    2 meses atrás

    I would be ok with that amount of strawberry because I don’t like chocolate

  36. Arizona Sky

    Arizona Sky

    2 meses atrás

    STFU about our President. Asshat.

  37. Reichsbanner Schwarz-Rot-Gold

    Reichsbanner Schwarz-Rot-Gold

    2 meses atrás

    Why not a mathematical optimum considering county borders and population sizes? That’s what we do in Germany.

  38. Cameron


    2 meses atrás

    Could someone answer this for me? If the United States based its federal congressional elections on proportional representation as opposed to single-member districts with winner take all elections, couldn't we abolish gerrymandering all together, and tally all votes across the state?

  39. diapason89


    2 meses atrás

    Where can I find this penis district? Florida? Asking for a friend.

  40. 11thDoctorsmatt


    2 meses atrás

    Hey choose me. I can redraw the lines. Mainly because I just find it amusing to watch the opposing parties fight, and by making voting districts equal, I will get the most amusement possible. Due to this, vote for me as your line drawer.

  41. Maria Hernandez

    Maria Hernandez

    2 meses atrás

    If you're real Mexican you don't celebrate the 5th of May

  42. Monika the cycle-path

    Monika the cycle-path

    2 meses atrás

    I mean, Slenderman is a great babysitter. He'd take them someplace very dark and spooky but they will stay very very safe.

  43. Biscott1 Skandinavia

    Biscott1 Skandinavia

    2 meses atrás

    This is not just a problem with Republicans. Both parties partake in gerrymandering. Framing it as something Republicans do make it seem like this TV show is just trying to catch liberals attention, and don't actually care about these issues.

  44. Nate Toler

    Nate Toler

    2 meses atrás

    Guy’s name is Gerry but pronounced “Jerry” and not one parts and rec comment? 🥶

  45. Marvis Hayden

    Marvis Hayden

    2 meses atrás

    (((John Oliver))) and his fellow dudes, degenerating nations.

  46. Jaques Von Straus

    Jaques Von Straus

    2 meses atrás

    12:25 TIL Montana is a square and not, like I always thought, an upside down pickup truck.

  47. The Amazing Gible

    The Amazing Gible

    2 meses atrás

    How to fix America:remove electoral college and voting districts. Make voting mandatory. Add sensible gun control laws. Give us universal health care. Put an age limit on public office. Illegalize hate speech. Legalize weed. Pay teachers, cops, firefighters, etc. more and celebrities like the Kardashians less. Illegalize lobbying. And help refugees seeking homes since we've destroyed theirs. If America is supposed to be land of the free and home of the brave, then we should start fucking acting like it!

  48. Jennifer Stokes

    Jennifer Stokes

    2 meses atrás

    That was almost as good as the Independence Day speech.

  49. Sara Rozic

    Sara Rozic

    2 meses atrás


  50. Drops2cents


    2 meses atrás

    Well, that's what you get with a hopelessly outdated and fucked-up voting system...

  51. MrAppleSalad


    2 meses atrás

    sooooooo, why not just count the votes?

  52. Cy Borg

    Cy Borg

    2 meses atrás

    The main problem America seems to have is that it doesn't count the votes directly but rather packs them together into districts. Furthermore there is a big problem with the mechanic that you have only one counted vote. Get your citizens a first, second and third vote and count all the first votes first. If there are party's in them Wich have no probability of winning just count the next vote and so on. That makes sure there are not just 2 major parties ruling everything. But murica seems to be too stupid to understand this simple logic

  53. J.marq703


    2 meses atrás

    That biggie part had me cracked up

  54. chris jordan

    chris jordan

    2 meses atrás

    This goes on both on for both sides.

  55. Sergio Melendez

    Sergio Melendez

    2 meses atrás

    The voters don't pick their politicians, the politicians pick their voters.

  56. Angela Anna

    Angela Anna

    2 meses atrás


  57. Angela Anna

    Angela Anna

    2 meses atrás


  58. Alex.


    3 meses atrás

    Was that a boobs cake?

    • Alex.


      3 meses atrás

      that was a boobs cake

  59. TheKorggen


    3 meses atrás

    How about national, proportional representation. Use the german system with one vote for candidates in your district and one vote for the party you want in congress.

    • Soziophob


      2 meses atrás

      In fact, the US would be great for that. If you have too many parties, it could be difficult to form a functioning coalition - e.g. Italy until recently. With two big parties, it's no problem. The Government would work as usual, only with a fairer depicting of the voters will.

  60. X-01 Unknown

    X-01 Unknown

    3 meses atrás

    That should be illegal regardless who it is aimed at because it is still tampering with US elections. Local elections wind down to affect national elections and should not be seen as any different than tampering with the presidential election. Also, gerrymandering is just sh****ing on democracy as a whole. They are not fair elections so there is no point even calling them elections. We should hold all politicians, from all parties, accountable for corrupt practices. The more we have just turned a cheek, the more they have pushed what they can get away with. I am ashamed to be an American.

  61. Bob Fischer

    Bob Fischer

    3 meses atrás

    both republicans and democrats are destroying our voice. Please see this youtube video. br-channel.com/vision/video-TfQij4aQq1k.html

  62. Boi Boi

    Boi Boi

    3 meses atrás

    Its the same in Singapore

  63. lordoftheflings


    3 meses atrás

    I would love to trade my US passport for a Canadian passport. I have ZERO loyalty to the United States. I would never come to its defense.

  64. Thomas Müthing

    Thomas Müthing

    3 meses atrás

    The United States are NO democracy. Now less than ever.

  65. John Henderson

    John Henderson

    3 meses atrás

    American democracy is kind of funny

  66. white wolf

    white wolf

    3 meses atrás

    5:50 holy shit

  67. Vladimir4757


    3 meses atrás

    6:57 guy on the bottom right hand corner looks like an old Sergey Shnurov

  68. Emilio Savinni

    Emilio Savinni

    3 meses atrás

    the dick joke's the best! hahaha

  69. Lughaidh McLoughlin

    Lughaidh McLoughlin

    3 meses atrás

    I’d like John Oliver to kick me

  70. Micah Levin

    Micah Levin

    3 meses atrás

    I love how no one pointed out the fact that all of that came from an Englishman

  71. Eadlyn June

    Eadlyn June

    3 meses atrás

    Okay, what did they say about Raleigh? That’s an insult I will not soon forget.

  72. King Platinum Ice

    King Platinum Ice

    3 meses atrás

    All I do is Fuck & Party.

  73. s7even


    4 meses atrás

    I’m related to elbrige Gerry

  74. Jeff Levitt

    Jeff Levitt

    4 meses atrás


  75. Salah Sadeeq

    Salah Sadeeq

    4 meses atrás

    What film was that ghost baseball team reference from?

  76. Arigadatred


    4 meses atrás

    Could we make a computer draw the districts? It couldn't be biased, because it just does stuff one tells it to do, and one would tell it to draw the most fair and logical map it could. Or one could just tell the people drawing the map that they're fired if they don't do it fairly.

  77. derced slomer

    derced slomer

    4 meses atrás

    ດຶງດູດຄວາມຮັກຂອງທ່ານ > bit.ly/2SOYd0F?-Proctor-Gallagher-Instituteee-788854 2034

  78. Lachlan Duggan

    Lachlan Duggan

    4 meses atrás

    Australia should give the US some redistricting expertise.

  79. eMdotcomTV


    4 meses atrás

    ...I love strawberry ice cream thou

  80. Fredrik Dunge

    Fredrik Dunge

    4 meses atrás

    "I'd recommend checking out CGP Grey's videos about voting as well if you want to learn more."/ A guy on another John Oliver vid.

  81. Fredrik Dunge

    Fredrik Dunge

    4 meses atrás

    16:50 Really? Go down to North Carolina State University and find a bunch of math professors and ask them to create a representative map and they will do it. Not based on any bias but just on algorithms. It won't be perfect but it will be unbiased. Then from that you make it so that any change from the algorithm generated map needs to be cleared by referendum by all districts which are involved.

  82. luisqsk


    4 meses atrás

    Vince Demuzio died 2004. I don't know what to say.

  83. hitby frozenfire

    hitby frozenfire

    4 meses atrás

    imho gerrymandering is not the real problem but just a logical consequence of it... as long as representatives are elected by a "winner takes it all" principle (which most US states still have), parties have a natural interest to draw "funny district lines"... Look at e.g. the German "Bundestag" (their system has also flaws but not as gross as the US ones): each district has one guaranteed representative (the single person that gains the most votes in the district is in), but it is filled up with roughly the same number of representatives so that at the end the total seats represent the results of the popular vote as close as possible. Sadly, there's no incentive for an individual state to leave "winner takes it all" because if it did, that state (especially if it is a swing state) would lose a lot of weight (which means attention, money, etc. for that state) for e.g. presidential candidates.

  84. Tomasz Gałkowski

    Tomasz Gałkowski

    4 meses atrás

    As a person living in a country with a proportional voting system... ...wtf is this shit?

  85. Ashooka Manuela

    Ashooka Manuela

    4 meses atrás

    And yet americans think they are a true democracy

  86. Shraddha Mishra

    Shraddha Mishra

    4 meses atrás

    So Mulaney was right

  87. Amanda Zayas

    Amanda Zayas

    5 meses atrás

    This taught me more than my AP Gov teacher did

  88. SeraphinaAizen1


    5 meses atrás

    Everything I hear about the Republican party convinced me that they're a collection of cartoon villains, who are so TRANSPARENTLY evil and immoral that I have no idea how they can be considered a serious political party over there.

  89. Ottyguy


    5 meses atrás

    Damn, how'd he know i was cracking and packing

  90. Simon Dewitt

    Simon Dewitt

    5 meses atrás

    Why do we even need the house of representatives? Back in 1776 it made sense, but I have a device in my hand that can contact everyone else in the world. Who else represents the people better than the people. Hold open meetings via Skype or whatever and then have the people vote on the topic.

  91. eric h

    eric h

    5 meses atrás

    a good use for computerization - also get money out of politics

  92. Jack Hughes

    Jack Hughes

    5 meses atrás

    A good way to at least START would be elect members to the house proportionately e.g. lets take Missouri's 8 congressional districts, each party chooses 8 potential representatives who campaign across the state. Come election day the republicans take 5/8 of the vote, the state party gets to choose 5 representatives, the democrats 3. I appreciate the criticism is that this doesn't allow for the voter to choose their representative directly but for the majority of US history neither did the electoral college in the beginning (not until the advent of pledged electors) but it would be a way to sidestep the issue of gerrymandering which is important. That being said I think the problem is that ultimately the US is broken, the original 13 states had a combined population of a quarter of modern day New York city, NOT the state, the city. The distance between the electorate and their representatives, along with the increasing centralization of government is growing to the point where the system just doesn't work anymore. This exacerbates the fact that generally speaking America is not one country (culturally) but at least 5, maybe even 6.

  93. Shuaguin


    5 meses atrás

    To tell the truth this a political tool used in many country. Redrawing administral et voting districts is an old trick. In my country though it need strong majority in the assembly and will have to under the scrutiny of the opposition. Some party may then come en board in exchange for distric arrangement in their favor. With data collection this may become more and more an tendencie.

  94. Jarid Gaming

    Jarid Gaming

    5 meses atrás

    America is a fake Democracy

  95. Jean Petit-Frere

    Jean Petit-Frere

    5 meses atrás

    I think he met his quota for dick jokes

  96. joseph barovich

    joseph barovich

    5 meses atrás

    @ 14:05 gerrymandering is ok as long as its racist.

  97. AllThatFall ShallRiseAgain

    AllThatFall ShallRiseAgain

    5 meses atrás

    So Republicans do believe in science, as long as gerrymandering is considered a science.

  98. Mediatech492


    5 meses atrás

    He's right.

  99. Ari The supernatural gay

    Ari The supernatural gay

    5 meses atrás

    We had to learn about gerrymandering in my civics class, but I’m probably the only person who actually payed attention because we were only required to write the definition and move on. My dad was surprised when I brought it up saying “ isn’t this illegal, it sounds illegal”. When I talked about it someone literally said “ that isn’t a thing, shut up.” That was the only other kid to get an A on the quiz

  100. GSDGD


    5 meses atrás

    two words: Rotten Boroughs.

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