Gerrymandering

What is
Gerrymandering?
Gerrymandering is the practice of
manipulating district boundaries to give
a specific political party a numeric
advantage.
How are unfair
districts created?
• If a particular party controls the
state government, they can decide
where to draw district lines.

• To reduce voting power of the
opposing party, voters are divided
across several districts making it
difficult to construct a majority.

• Voters can also be packed in a
district, reducing its capacity to
compete in the other districts.
North Carolina Gerrymandering
According to analysis by the Washington Post,
North Carolina has three of the top 10 most
gerrymandered Congressional districts in the
country.
District 12
District 4
District 6
North Carolina Voter Suppression

House of
Representatives
Results of Gerrymandering
What is being done to end
gerrymandered congressional
districts in NC?
Sen. Jeff Jackson and Republican Rep. Charles
Jeter of Huntersville have co-sponsored a bill that
calls for the creation of an independent
panel/commission to design our districts starting in
2030.

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Senator Jeff Jackson Representative Charles Jeter
Advocacy
• Advocacy groups supporting change are
planning a “Citizens Lobby Day to End
Gerrymandering” in the state capital on
March 1.
Works Cited
• Hicks, Josh. "Martin O'Malley and Larry Hogan Are Both Pushing to End
Gerrymandering." The Washington Post. WP Company, 05 Feb. 2017. Web. 22
Mar. 2017.

• Ingraham, Christopher. "This Is the Best Explanation of Gerrymandering You Will
Ever See." The Washington Post. WP Company, 01 Mar. 2015. Web. 22 Mar.
2017.

• Long, Tim. "Why Your Vote Counts Less in North Carolina: An Interview with Sen.
Jeff Jackson." Charlotte Agenda, 10 July 2015. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.

• Wireback, Taft. "Inside Scoop: Gerrymandering Bill in the Works." Greensboro
News & Record, 13 Feb. 2017. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.

• "Gerrymandering - Proving All Politics Is Local." Politics and Policy, n.d. Web. 27
Mar. 2017.