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Back in 1812, Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry approved a voting map that had one district carefully drawn to favor his party. In the eyes of some, it looked like a salamander. Since then, manipulating districts to unfairly benefit a political party has been referred to as gerrymandering after the governor.
The process is completely legal in most states, including Michigan. As a result, voting districts today sometimes look like their own creatures.
WDET’s Laura Herberg quizzed southeast Michiganders on the streets of Detroit. Click here to listen.
She also sat down with CultureShift’s Amanda LeClaire and Ryan Patrick Hooper to explain the process and give them the Redistricting Rorschach Test.
Here’s other WDET work on the gerrymandering issue:
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