What is gerrymandering? Gerrymandering is the act of redrawing district lines to favor a certain outcome. An example of this is when state lawmakers will group all member of a political party into one district so their vote counts for less. Gerrymandering comes from 1812 when Congressman Elbridge Gerry redrew district lines in the shape of a salamander.
North Carolina is a prime example of gerrymandering; last year district lines were redrawn after the supreme court ruled that they had racial bias. Now a new case approaches the supreme court, but this time on political gerrymandering. If the plaintiffs win the case, the way America's government operates could change forever. Gerrymandering was vital in the 2010 midterm elections and resulted in major losses for democrats. Since then, there have been huge gerrymandering efforts on both sides of the aisle.
Story by Franklin Bester-Sproul