- The act of gerrymandering.
verb (wikipedia, gerrymandering)
- By this iniquitous practice, which is known as the , the party in a minority in each State is allowed to get only about one-half or one-quarter of its proper share of representation.
- A voting district skewed by gerrymandering.
- Any citizen looking at a map of district 12 could immediately tell that it was a because of the ridiculous way it cut across 4 counties while carving up neighborhoods in half.
- (transitive) To divide a geographic area into voting districts in such a way as to give an unfair advantage to one party in an election.
- (transitive, by extension) To draw dividing lines for other types of districts in an unintuitive way to favor a particular group or for other perceived gain.
Etymology: From (term, w:Elbridge Gerry, (Elbridge) Gerry) + (term, salamander, (sala)mander), from the similarity in shape to a salamander of an election district created when Gerry was the governor of Massachusetts
- The superintendent helped the school district lines in order to keep the children of the wealthy gated community in the better school all the way across town.
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