verb (used with object)
Origin of gerrymander
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Under such a system all unfairness would disappear, and the gerrymander would be impossible.
If you don't, I shall give the documents in the gerrymander affair to the papers the day after you fail.The Grafters|Francis Lynde
Consequently, every apportionment act involves more or less of the gerrymander.
The gerrymander is not produced by the iniquity of parties, it is the outcome of the district system.
It was from this incident that the word "gerrymander," so often heard in politics in these days, took its name.The Greater Republic|Charles Morris
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Word Origin and History for gerrymander
1812 as both a noun and verb, American English, from Elbridge Gerry + (sala)mander. Gerry, governor of Massachusetts, was lampooned when his party redistricted the state in a blatant bid to preserve an Antifederalist majority. One Essex County district resembled a salamander, and a newspaper editor dubbed it Gerrymander. Related: Gerrymandered; gerrymandering.
Culture definitions for gerrymander
To change the boundaries of legislative districts to favor one party over another. Typically, the dominant party in a state legislature (which is responsible for drawing the boundaries of congressional districts) will try to concentrate the opposing party's strength in as few districts as possible, while giving itself likely majorities in as many districts as possible.