Legal Election Theft — How Gerrymandering Stifles Democracy

Gerrymandering, Green Film Company
Graphic from Gerrymandering documentary by Green Film Company Photo credit: Gerrymandering / Green Film Company
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While the outcomes of some of the biggest races in 2016 are not yet known — like who will win the White House or control the Senate — the results of down-ticket contests might as well be etched in stone already.

The reason is gerrymandering — the perfectly legal way for politicians to take the decision of who should be elected out of the hands of voters.

The following video provides a fascinating insight into how state politicians are using this undemocratic tool to literally redraw maps with a single objective in mind — to cling to power.

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Related front page panorama photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Hand and mouse (Andy Hay / Flickr  – CC BY 2.0) and US House of Representatives (Nick.mon / Wikimedia – CC BY-SA 4.0)

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