- U.S. Politics. the dividing of a state, county, etc., into election districts so as to give one political party a majority in many districts while concentrating the voting strength of the other party into as few districts as possible.
- U.S. Politics. to subject (a state, county, etc.) to a gerrymander.
Origin of gerrymander
Examples from the Web for gerrymandering
But gerrymandering has cold cocked the pendulum weight, stopped it dead.Up to a Point: In Defense of Lobbyists
P. J. O’Rourke
October 25, 2014
Or imagine getting politicians to get rid of the gerrymandering that put them in office.Change the Constitution in Six Easy Steps? It Won’t Be That Simple, Justice Stevens
Richard L. Hasen
April 20, 2014
I do believe that we owe this Republican legislature to that gerrymandering.Oliver Stone on the Tyranny of Obama’s ‘Exceptional’ America
October 17, 2013
In all likelihood, because of the 2010 gerrymandering, the Republicans are going to control the House at least until 2021.Don’t Repeal Any Laws, Repeal John Boehner
July 24, 2013
John Sides and Eric McGee take up the question of whether Republican gerrymandering cost Democrats the House in 2012.Don't Overestimate Gerrymandering
February 18, 2013
He was re-elected six times, but in 1890 was defeated by the gerrymandering of his district.
But what has since been known as "Gerrymandering" was really the invention of Patrick Henry.James Madison
Sydney Howard Gay
The once famous phrase, Gerrymandering, some of our readers may remember.
The Croats found themselves no match for the astute Magyars who resorted to packed diets, gerrymandering, bribery, and forgery.The Russian Revolution; The Jugo-Slav Movement
Alexander Petrunkevitch, Samuel Northrup Harper, Frank Alfred Golder, Robert Joseph Kerner
For a naked, avowed plan of gerrymandering no Government surely ever did beat this one.My Own Story
- to divide the constituencies of (a voting area) so as to give one party an unfair advantage
- to manipulate or adapt to one's advantage
- an act or result of gerrymandering
Word Origin and History for gerrymandering
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.
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.