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Gerrymandering and voting districts

Author: Rita Santos
Publisher: New York, NY : Greenhaven Publishing, LLC, 2019. ©2019
Series: At issue., American politics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Gerrymandering, the manipulation of boundaries in order to benefit one group or political party, is not new, but thanks to technology it is more widespread. Questions about the constitutionality of gerrymandering have gone all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. This provocative volume explores the practice of partisan redistricting, how it affects elections and policy, whether it is unconstitutional, and above all  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rita Santos
ISBN: 9781534503250 1534503250 9781534503267 1534503269
OCLC Number: 1047524844
Description: 136 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: What is gerrymandering and how does it affect voters? / Liz Kennedy, Billy Corriher, and Danielle Root --
Math equations could help fight gerrymandering / Matt Pancia --
Aims and tactics of modern gerrymandering / Greg Gillette --
Single-member elections lead to less democratic and representative elections / Kristin Eberhard --
A brief history of gerrymandering legal cases / Matthew Spector --
Elections in the US could be improved, but no electoral system is perfect / Kristin Eberhard --
Winner-take-all elections in single-member districts are the root of gerrymandering / Jais Mehaji --
The Surpreme Court must decide the legality of using computer algorithms to draw districts / Nina Totenberg --
Demanding a solution to gerrymandering is the responsibility of all citizens / No Labels --
Racial gerrymandering takes many forms / Lois Beckett and Suevon Lee --
Prison-based gerrymandering artificially inflates the population of districts / Brenda Wright and Peter Wagner --
Having more political parties makes for more competitive elections / The Green Party --
Voter apathy caused by gerrymandering leads to low voter turnout / Shannon Sabo --
Portions of the Voting Rights Act that restrict racial gerrymandering are in jeopardy / Richard Valelly --
Proportional elections and independent redistricting efforts are both needed to make elections fairer / FairVote.
Series Title: At issue., American politics.
Responsibility: Rita Santos, book editor.

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Gerrymandering, the manipulation of boundaries in order to benefit one group or political party, is not new, but thanks to technology it is more widespread. Questions about the constitutionality of gerrymandering have gone all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. This provocative volume explores the practice of partisan redistricting, how it affects elections and policy, whether it is unconstitutional, and above all what must be done to ensure that control of the government rests in the hands of the people.

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