The drawing of electoral boundaries in a way which gives one political party an unfair advantage in elections Named after Governor Gerry of Massachusetts (1812) who approved a rigged boundary shaped like a salamander, hence the term 'gerrymander'
(g hard) So to divide a county or nation into representative districts as to give one special political party undue advantage over others The word is derived from Elbridge Gerry, who adopted the scheme in Massachusetts when he was governor Gilbert Stuart, the artist, looking at the map of the new distribution, with a little invention converted it into a salamander "No, no!" said Russell, when shown it, "not a Sala-mander, Stuart; call it a Gerry-mander " To gerrymander is so to hocus-pocus figures, etc , as to affect the balance
To divide an area into districts, against the obvious natural divisions, in order to accomplish an unlawful purpose For example: To divide a school district to keep out certain people for reasons of race or religion, to divide a political voting district so as to give power to a political party
Bizarre and grossly disfigured districts named after the salamander shapes created by Eldridge Gerry in Massachusetts The process of selecting boundaries for political objectives Jump: Districting History, Gerry's Gallery
(verb) To divide a voting area so as to give one political party a majority in as many districts as possible or weaken the voting strength of an ethnic or racial group, urban population, etc (noun) A redistricting of voting districts to the advantage of one party or disadvantage of a group, region, etc Etymology: satirical coinage after Massachusetts governor William Gerry's 1812 redistricting plan from Gerry+(sala)mander (said to describe the shape of the new Essex district)
1 To create a civil division of an unusual shape within a particular locale for improper purpose; to redistrict a state, creating unnatural boundaries and isolating members of a particular political party, in the hope that a maximum number of the elected representatives will be of that political party
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