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When legislators choose their voters: Guest opinion

By McKay Cunningham

When legislators redraw voting districts, voting is turned on its head. Instead of voters choosing their legislators, the legislators choose their voters. This process of redrawing electoral districts to benefit the legislators of one political party over another is called partisan gerrymandering.

The name "gerrymandering" derives from Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry, who in 1812 redrew an election district so grotesque and salamander-like as to coin the term.

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