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gerrymandering


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gerrymander  \Ger`ry*man"der\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p. 
  {Gerrymandered};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Gerrymandering}.] 
  To  divide  (a  State)  into  districts  for  the  choice  of 
  representatives,  in  an  unnatural  and  unfair  way  with  a  view 
  to  give  a  political  party  an  advantage  over  its  opponent. 
  [Political  Cant,  U.  S.] 
 
  Note:  This  was  done  in  Massachusetts  at  a  time  when  Elbridge 
  Gerry  was  governor,  and  was  attributed  to  his 
  influence,  hence  the  name  though  it  is  now  known  that 
  he  was  opposed  to  the  measure.  --Bartlett. 




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