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Asked • 04/11/19

How does gerrymandering work in the US?

I have a vague idea of what gerrymandering is and that it appears to be common in the US, but I don't really understand where it comes from, how it is applied, how common "common" really is, whether there is public support for this practice, etc. Considering the US specifically, could you explain... * How did gerrymandering evolve from a practice applied by the governor of Massachusetts to something commonly applied across the US? * How often do voting districts change? Do they change with every election? Or is it more like once every generation? * Are there any aspects to gerrymandering that are specific to the US or certain parts of the US? * Is there broad general support for this practice in the US? If yes, how are Americans convinced that this is a benign practice?

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