Day 44- Gerrymandering

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History of Gerrymandering in American Politics

Gerrymandering is the tool of intellectual cowards. It is a mechanism used to interfere with and circumvent the processes of a healthy democracy. Gerrymandering is a process to divide voting districts into political units that give special advantages to one group or party over another. By redrawing voting district lines to include some voters and exclude others gerrymandering lets the party in power choose, in advance, what ideas and policies will win out or prevail in these districts, thus eliminating meaningful competition. Gerrymandering is an attempt to shut down the open marketplace of ideas, so that the ideas of those in power are exempt from open competition.

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