Why was gerrymandering made illegal? What problems could result if this practice were used? Why does it make elections unfair and inaccurate?
When you draw lines around neighborhoods populated by people you don't like or do like, you create an artificial voting transition. People on one side of the line may well vote completely differently from those on the other side, if they vote at all. [ If you represent a low-voting bloc or an isolated, poor and ignorant district, you have less persuasion among those of your peers representing the informed voters. This effectively disenfranchises anyone who lives in your district, even though they are bound by the same laws as everyone else.
It's one thing to have a natural or census boundary (you get what you get, with whatever people happen to choose to live there), but another thing entirely if you allow artificial districting based intentionally along economic, racial, language or religious lines.
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I'm sorry that that wasn't a good answer. Please hold on while I contact an expert.Weegy:
Gerrymandering is an American slang term which refers to redrawing the boundaries of a district so that the new district favors a particular party or candidate, typically the one in power.
In addition to being a colorful piece of 19th century slang, [ it is also a serious problem, and can be used to disenfranchise voters. Because of the temptation to gerrymander, political districts are carefully examined when they are redrawn, and some disputes are taken to court. Gerrymandering is also illegal in the United States code, meaning that people convicted of gerrymandering will face consequences.
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