An example of a gerrymander is a creation of a smaller voting district to take away votes from a particular candidate.
An example of gerrymander is to change the geographic boundries of a voting district so that more voters from one political party are included.
The superintendent helped gerrymander the school district lines in order to keep the children of the wealthy gated community in the better school all the way across town.
By this iniquitous practice, which is known as the gerrymander, the party in a minority in each State is allowed to get only about one-half or one-quarter of its proper share of representation.
Any citizen looking at a map of district 12 could immediately tell that it was a gerrymander because of the ridiculous way it cut across 4 counties while carving up neighborhoods in half.
Origin of gerrymander
- After Elbridge Gerry (sala)mander (from the shape of an election district created while Gerry was governor of Massachusetts)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition