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.
- ger·ry·man·der·er, noun
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How to use gerrymander in a sentence
But then the question becomes, how do you undo gerrymandering?
But gerrymandering has cold cocked the pendulum weight, stopped it dead.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Between gerrymandering and geographic sorting, Republicans have a solid grip on the House of Representatives.Give Up on the House Majority, Democrats. It’s Not Happening | Jamelle Bouie | January 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I do believe that we owe this Republican legislature to that gerrymandering.Oliver Stone on the Tyranny of Obama’s ‘Exceptional’ America | Andrew Romano | October 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
This opens the way, of course, to a good deal of what in America would be known as official 'gerrymandering.'France and the Republic | William Henry Hurlbert
For contemporary allusions to this first example of gerrymandering, see Writings of Washington, ix.Patrick Henry | Moses Coit Tyler
He proceeded to enlarge upon his plan for gerrymandering the state—to the advantage of the Democratic party, of course.A Spoil of Office | Hamlin Garland
For a naked, avowed plan of gerrymandering no Government surely ever did beat this one.My Own Story | Emmeline Pankhurst
The once famous phrase, Gerrymandering, some of our readers may remember.
British Dictionary definitions for gerrymander
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
- gerrymandering, noun
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Cultural 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.
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