What Is Gerrymandering




gerrymandering (present participle)

  1. manipulate the boundaries of (an electoral constituency) so as to favor one party or class.
    synonyms: manipulate · arrange fraudulently · interfere with · influence · juggle · massage · distort · misrepresent · pervert · maneuver · tamper with · tinker with · doctor · falsify · forge · fake · engineer · trump up · fix · cook · fiddle

  2. achieve (a result) by manipulating the boundaries of an electoral constituency.
    “a total freedom to gerrymander the results they want”

Gerrymandering is a practice intended to establish an unfair political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating district boundaries, which is most commonly used in first-past-the-post electoral systems. Two principal tactics are used in gerrymandering: “cracking” (i.e. diluting the voting power of the opposing party’s supporters across many districts) and “packing” (concentrating the opposing party’s voting power in one district to reduce their voting power in other districts). 


Learn more about each element that impacts gerrymandering:

  1. Gerrymandering? 

  2. Types of Gerrymandering

  3. VRA

  4. Limits

  5. History

  6. Race

  7. Partisanship

  8. Bridging the Gap

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