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To divide a geographic area into voting districts in such a way as to give an unfair advantage to one party in an election
To draw dividing lines for other types of districts in an unintuitive way to favor a particular group or for other perceived gain

The superintendent helped gerrymander the school district lines in order to keep the children of the wealthy gated community in the better school all the way across town.

The act of gerrymandering

By this iniquitous practice, which is known as the gerrymander, 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 gerrymander because of the ridiculous way it cut across 4 counties while carving up neighborhoods in half.

A method of establishing political power of an illegal purpose, such as to prevent racial integration
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
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 (a State) into districts for the choice of representatives, in an unnatural and unfair way, with a view to give a political party an advantage over its opponent
{f} divide a voting district in a discriminatory manner (for the benefit of a particular candidate); falsify; distort, pervert
{i} unfair division of voting districts in order to give an advantage to a particular candidate
Manipulating constituency boundaries for partisan election purposes government A specialized group of individuals, institutions and agencies which make and enforce public decisions
divide unfairly and to one's advantage; of voting districts
an act of gerrymandering (dividing a voting area so as to give your own party an unfair advantage) divide unfairly and to one's advantage; of voting districts
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
To divide a state, county, or other political subdivision into electoral districts in an unnatural manner to give a political party or ethnic group advantage over its opponents
(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
an act of gerrymandering (dividing a voting area so as to give your own party an unfair advantage)
Present participle of gerrymander
past of gerrymander
The manipulation of congressional district lines to maximize the partisan advantage of a political party or faction; term was coined in 1812 to describe the Massachusetts redistricting plan under Governor Elbridge Gerry
Drawing the boundaries of political districts in bizarre or unusual shapes to make it easy for candidates of the party in power to win elections in those districts
Drawing of district lines to maximize the electoral advantage of a political party or faction The term was first used in 1812, when Elbridge Gerry was Governor of Massachusetts, to characterize the State redistricting plan
The act of drawing legislative district boundaries so as to gain partisan or fractional political advantages
    The practice of drawing or redrawing the boundaries of a voting district in such a way as to prevent the opposition from establishing a majority of votes
Generally, this is the act of drawing noncompact districts with twisting boundaries for political reasons The term goes back to 1812 Massachusetts, where a district with many small offshoots was said to resemble a salamander and was christened Gerrymander in reference to Gov Elbridge Gerry
The manipulation of voting district boundaries in order to increase one outcome over another
The practice of redrawing electoral districts to gain an electoral advantage for a political party
Drawing of a strangely shaped congressional district to give an advantage to a particular party, faction, or race
{i} disputable approach of dividing a voting district in a discriminatory manner (for the benefit of a particular candidate); changing the borders of a distric in order to increase the number of people within that district who will vote for a particular party or person
Dividing (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections
disapproval Gerrymandering is the act of altering political boundaries in order to give an unfair advantage to one political party or group of people. when politicians change the size and borders of an area before an election, so that one person, group, or party has an unfair advantage (Elbridge Gerry (1744-1818), US politician + salamander; because a voting area he made to help his own party win an election was said to be shaped like a salamander). Drawing of electoral district lines in a way that gives advantage to a particular political party. The practice is named after Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry, who submitted to the state senate a redistricting plan that would have concentrated the voting strength of the Federalist Party in just a few districts, thereby giving disproportionate representation to the Democratic-Republican Party. Some of Gerry's new districts were necessarily odd-shaped; one district's outline, seen to resemble a salamander, gave rise to the scornful term gerrymander. The practice has persisted, and redistricting battles in state legislatures have often had to be decided by the courts. In some countries, independent commissions have been appointed to draw district boundaries. In the late 20th and early 21st centuries so-called "racial gerrymandering," which aimed to ensure minority representation in some districts, was a controversial issue in the U.S
  The act of drawing legislative district boundaries to gain partisan or factional political advantages
Process by which one party draws district boundaries to its advantage
third-person singular of gerrymander
plural of , gerrymander



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    /ˈʤerēˌmandər/ /ˈʤɛriːˌmændɜr/


    [ 'jer-E-"man-d&r, also ] (noun.) 1812. From (Elbridge) Gerry + (sala)mander, from the similarity in shape to a salamander of an electoral district created when Gerry was the governor of Massachusetts

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