Gerrymandering: a practice that attempts to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating district boundaries to create partisan advantaged districts. (Thanks, wikipedia!)
Today, I offer an Ontario / Massachusetts mash-up to demonstrate why I think digital access is a Good (or at any rate, interesting) Thing (since we can trace great ideas like gerrymandering back… and on its back… and forth!):
Don’t worry, it’s still happening (links to Know Your Lines, which “goes behind the scenes of the largely invisible redistricting process in which politicians often get to choose their voters, instead of the other way around“):
According to The Economist:
[T]he champion gerrymandering comes from Illinois. Chicago has two Hispanic areas. They are in different parts of the city, but that has not discouraged the good politicians of Illinois from creating a constituency consisting of these two areas only. They lie on either side of a black part of the city like the bread of a sandwich. Worst of all is the state’s extraordinary 17th District, which is a crab. [...]
Weirdly shaped districts like these are signs that a crime has been committed.
And, of course, this: