ger·​ry·​man·​der·​ing ˈjer-ē-ˌman-d(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce gerrymandering (audio)
 also  ˈger-;
 originally  ˈger-
: the practice of dividing or arranging a territorial unit into election districts in a way that gives one political party an unfair advantage in elections
To an untrained eye, the proposed boundaries look like the etchings of a mapmaker on heavy pharmaceuticals. In reality, it's a masterpiece of diabolical gerrymandering.Carl Hiaasen
Bipartisan gerrymandering following the 2000 reapportionment produced hundreds of safe Democratic seats, hundreds of safe Republican seats, and not much else.Peter Beinart
compare cracking, packing

Examples of gerrymandering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The vast majority live in districts that historically preferred Republicans but have been drawn into districts where Democrats are favored to win, marking the beginning of a massive change to the state's political landscape after over a decade of Republican gerrymandering. Andrew Hahn, Journal Sentinel, 27 Mar. 2024 For the same reason, courts do not annul elections later deemed to have taken place under racially discriminatory gerrymandering schemes. David D. Kirkpatrick, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2024 Some people would argue, too, our vote with gerrymandering is also being played into here. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Jan. 2024 This includes gerrymandering, continuing to limit early and absentee voting, as well as restrictions at the ballot box. Charlotte Observer, 29 Feb. 2024 This type of gerrymandering is called packing, and allows mapmakers to ensure that there is less competition for their party in neighboring districts. Journal Sentinel, 9 Jan. 2024 Some voters feel helpless because of gerrymandering, or conspiracy theories. Chris Kenning, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2024 So, while most Texans might be able to vote, their voice has been rendered silent because of gerrymandering. Harrison Mantas, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 Partisan gerrymandering in red states and other basic facts of American political geography mean that Republicans control a majority of House state delegations. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 25 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gerrymandering was in 1812

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“Gerrymandering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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