CLEP US Government

Category - Gov. Institutions

What is a gerrymander?
  1. When district lines are drawn for partisan advantage.
  2. When a senator tries to “talk a bill to death”.
  3. A mutated salamander.
  4. The legislative maneuver that bypasses a vote in one house of the legislature.
  5. A bill with lots of “pork”.
Answer: A - A gerrymander is when a state legislature draws district lines into odd shapes to promote one party over another. The name comes from Governor Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts in 1812 who signed into a law a new district map where one of the districts looked like a salamander. Some district lines have gotten even stranger looking over time. In several cases, the border of the district is literally the width of a highway.
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