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