How to rig elections, the legal way

May 23, 2016

by Staff
The Week

Political parties use gerrymandering to give themselves a big edge on Election Day. Here’s everything you need to know:

What is gerrymandering?
It’s a tactic used by political parties to redraw voting districts to give themselves an electoral advantage. Whether Republicans or Democrats control the process in a given state, the trick is to create irregularly shaped districts that segregate as many of the opposition’s supporters as possible into a small handful of seats — leaving their own candidates with a much better chance of winning everywhere else.