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A growing trend in politics is winning elections through drawing friendly voting districts. When this is done a certain way, it is called Gerrymandering, which is illegal.
Step 1: Watch the videos below about Gerrymandering. What is it and when is it illegal?
Step 2: Investigation. The following are Gerrymandering Case Studies.
Case Study #1, Case Study #2, Case Study #3
- In each study: What were the politicians trying to achieve? Why was it considered gerrymandering
- Go to the Ethnic Dot Map.
- Examine North Carolina's Zone 12 (Below): Who did it appear they were trying to group together?
- Explore the areas of the other case studies. What trend/pattern is found in these Gerrymandering scenarios?
Step 3: Exploration
Using this webpage, Compare the National Election results to your State's House/Senate Representation (at the top, click "State>>House>>General Election")
- Does the voting distribution of the General Election match the representation in State's House/Senate Representation. If no, what do you think accounts for this discrepancy?
Step 4: Reflection
- Should we care as a society about Gerrymandering? Why/Why not?
- The Supreme Court has said Gerrymandering is Illegal. What do you think should be done to fix this problem from continuing to happen?
- Did any of your findings surprise you or that you found interesting?
North Carolina 2014 Map (District 12, which connects downtown Charlotte, Winston Salem & Greensboro)
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