What is gerrymandering?

Gerrymandering is the manipulation of district lines to benefit parties and politicians, rather than people.

It’s named for an 1812 redistricting plan backed by Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry. In that plan, one district was so convoluted to benefit Governor Gerry’s party, it looked like a salamander. The name Gerrymander has been with us ever since.

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