Methods of Gerrymandering

Methods of Gerrymandering

Published on 27 March 2023
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Methods of Gerrymandering
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Method #1:  Packing
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Creating districts to favor your party, while packing unwanted voters into a district where they are not the majority.
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Method #2: Cracking
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Where a party divides the opposing party's voters among several districts, diluting their voting power and reducing their representation.
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This way, the opponent will have  no chance of winning.
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Republican: 5 Democrats: 0
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Both cracking and packing focus on manipulating the boundaries of electoral districts to decrease the level of competitiveness, predetermining the outcome.
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Method #3: Hijacking
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Where a party redraws district lines to place a popular incumbent into a district where they are likely to lose or face a tough re-election battle.
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Method #4:  Incumbent Protection
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When a party redraws district lines to make a seat safe for an incumbent, often by eliminating potential challengers or shifting the demographic makeup of the district to favor the incumbent party.
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