Is Michigan Really Gerrymandered?

Posted on April 20, 2017

Is Michigan Really Gerrymandered?

 

"Gerrymandering" is the process of manipulating voting maps to favor one party over another. It's a practice that goes way back to 1812, when the Governor of Massachusetts, Elbridge Gerry, approved a set of district maps that clearly gave his party an unfair advantage. The local papers combined Gerry's surname with the salamander-like shape of the manipulated district, thus giving us the term "gerrymandering." But, are Michigan maps really a product of this unfair practice? 

 

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You Might Be Gerrymandered If...

Posted on April 20, 2017

You Might Be Gerrymandered If...

 

How can you tell if you live in a gerrymandered district and just what does “gerrymandering” mean, anyway? Well, it’s a long word with an even longer history. Basically, gerrymandering happens when politicians manipulate voting maps to keep themselves or their parties in office at the expense of your interests. Without a doubt, it can lead to some situations that are even more complex than the word used to describe it.

 

So, how can you tell if your district was drawn for the benefit of politicians and not to ensure a fair, transparent, and democratic process where YOUR vote counts?

 

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