Political Gerrymandering and the Courts

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10
A Geographer's Perspective

Richard Morrill

Gerrymandering, which is the intentional manipulation of territory toward some desired electoral outcome, is a geographic device to affect the societal distribution of power. It's been done for hundreds of years, and its effects have been measured for as long. Sometimes, it works; sometimes it doesn't. The issue today is whether and how gerrymandering affects the principle of "fair and effective representation." The geographer is interested in territorial behavior--in how and why people organize themselves across the landscape, for example, through administrative subdivisions and electoral districts. Some of the issues that arise in this regard are, first, what are underlying reasons for a territorial basis of representation, and are those bases compromised by an alternative conception of electoral districts as temporary conveniences for the holding of elections? This is the topic of the first and major part of this chapter. Second, what are some of the techniques and measures of gerrymandering? Who does it and does it work? Some aspects of these questions are considered in the context of post 1980 congressional redistricting. Third, is it possible to determine a partisan base, from which the partisan effect of gerrymandering can be estimated? Despite my strong conviction that gerrymandering can and does violate the goal of fair and effective representation, I am not sanguine about such predetermination of effects. 1


Representation and redistricting

The purpose of voting is to enable people to express their will with respect to issues of collective choice ( Dixon, 1968; Pitkin, 1967). Except for very local governments, the size of territories and of popu

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