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In 1812, Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed into law a partisan plan to pack Federalist Party supporters — a party that opposed him — into just a few districts, thereby giving clear advantage to the Democratic and Republican parties. Thus, the term “gerrymandering” was born.
While it might seem an archaic thought, this practice remains all too real today. Gerrymandering is the intentional political manipulation of electoral district boundaries to create an undue advantage for a party, group or socioeconomic class within that constituency. Simply put: this is a tactic employed by those in power so they can keep it.