Gerrymandering has been around since the election of the first U.S. Congress. The concept has received more attention recently, as the unexpected results of the 2016 election have placed a spotlight on the U.S. government and the processes of democracy generally.
What’s gerrymandering? Was there really a Gerry Mander?
Gerrymandering is the process of manipulating election district boundaries to favor one political party over another, often leading to underrepresentation of the actual majority of constituents.
Gerrymandering is problematic for several reasons:
- It undermines the principle of “one person, one vote.”
- It contributes to “safe seats,” where voters end up deciding which party wins but not who their representative actually is…