A Lesson on Gerrymandering by Professor Ethan Bloch

by Gabrielle Berbey

ger·ry·man·der

/ˈjerēˌmandər/

verb

gerund or present participle: gerrymandering

  1. manipulate the boundaries of (an electoral constituency) so as to favor one party or class.
    • achieve (a result) by manipulating the boundaries of an electoral constituency

With Statewide Direct Primary elections approaching on June 5th and midterm elections on November 6th, 100 Days invited Professor Ethan Bloch to explain crucial mechanisms that influence the voting process.

Gerrymandering has historically and continuously been used as a divisive tool in manipulating Congressional representation in a way that doesn’t always reflect majority opinion.

How does a district with a Democratic majority elect a Republican representative?

Who draws these districts, and are there any rules for how they should be drawn?

Professor of Mathematics Ethan Bloch answers these questions and breaks down the most important processes voters need to understand in who dictates representation.