How might gerrymandering be seen as undemocratic?

The Art of Drawing Districts.

Gerrymandering is one of the most hotly debated topics in American politics. North Carolina, Maryland, Ohio, and Wisconsin in recent years have all faced gerrymandering lawsuits which reached federal courts, including the Supreme Court. Check out the video below and answer the questions that follow about gerrymandering.

Questions for Completion

1)  What is gerrymandering?

2)  What are the consequences of gerrymandering on our politics and political system?

3) Is gerrymandering inherently a negative in our political system? Why or why not?

4) In an ideal world, how should should districts be drawn? What factors should go into consideration when drawing districts?

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