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Most Gerrymandered States 2024

Most Gerrymandered States 2024

Gerrymandering is defined as setting boundaries in electoral districts in order to give a political party an advantage. Redistricting is something that occurs in all states about every decade. While this is seen as a political exercise, in some instances, state legislators and governors control the redistricting and can give their political party an advantage over their opponents.

Gerrymandering first occurred when minorities were given the right to vote. Legislative bodies used gerrymandering to ensure that the political power of these voters was diminished. Today, gerrymandering may occur for various reasons, although there have been proposals for ways to prevent this from occurring. These proposals include hiring commissions for redistricting or putting alternative voting systems into place.

In some states, this practice is more common than in others. The most gerrymandered states in the U.S. include:

  • North Carolina: Has used Districts 1 and 12 for minority voters.
  • Maryland: Uses broken districts to give an advantage to Democrats.
  • Pennsylvania: Divides its major urban areas among other districts.
  • Kentucky: Places urban populations in rural districts.
  • Louisiana: Combined Baton Rouge and New Orleans into one district to minimize Democratic votes.
  • Utah: Divides Salt Lake City into surrounding rural districts.
  • Texas: Has tried to propose districts that would unfairly affect minority voters.
  • Arkansas: Has drawn district boundaries to balance out city voters with rural voters.
  • Ohio: Unfairly distributed districts in a partisan way.

Most Gerrymandered States 2024

Notes:
- Voting maps are updated and redrawn every ten years, following the release of updated census data (the census takes place at the start of each decade (2010, 2020, 2030 ...).
- In many states, maps drawn after the 2020 census are mired in legal challenges. These maps may or may not be in effect.
- The inclusion of states on this page and in the table below are subject to change based upon the outcome of such updates and/or legal challenges.

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State
Among the most Gerrymandered
Party Favored
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ArkansasRepublican
Strange horseshoe shaped areas like District 3 balance out influential city voters in Arkansas by ta...
KentuckyRepublican
Kentucky's gerrymander crams growing urban populations into existing district boundaries. This strat...
LouisianaRepublican
Louisiana conservatives fit Baton Rouge and New Orleans into a single district to minimize liberal v...
MarylandDemocrat
Maryland’s broken districts provide an unfair advantage to liberals. If the map was adjusted accordi...
North CarolinaRepublican
North Carolina’s map concentrates minority voters into Districts 1 and 12, minimizing their impact i...
OhioRepublican
Although the total number of votes cast for each major party is consistently close in Ohio, gerryman...
PennsylvaniaRepublican
Pennsylvania's gerrymander dilutes the interests of major urban (read: liberal) areas like Pittsburg...
TexasRepublican
Despite huge, sprawling urban areas that are typically liberal country, the Texas GOP maintains a st...
UtahRepublican
Utah’s approach to keeping the state red draws and quarters the heavily progressive, liberal area of...
West VirginiaRepublican
In West Virginia, conservatives have whittled what used to be six different districts into three ove...
WisconsinRepublican
Wisconsin is widely considered the most gerrymandered state in the country. In 2022, Wisconsin voter...
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Most Gerrymandered States 2024

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