From the daily archives: Monday, February 11, 2008

Happy Anniversary, Gerrymandering!

On February 11, 2008 By

On this day in 1812 Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signed a redistricting law that created legislative districts advantageous to the Jeffersonian Democrats- forever associating his name with the process of redrawing voting districts to give unfair advantage to one party.

Almost 200 years later, Gerrymandering is alive and well in state politics- especially in Ohio.

Lawmakers on both sides are constantly battling to control the process of redistricting – which happens every 10 years after census numbers provide better insight into the population in different parts of the state- so they can draw the lines in favor of their own […]

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