Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Fact of the Day: Elbridge Politics

When Vice President Elbridge Gerry was Governor of Massachusetts, he signed a bill which drew up new voting-districts which were intentionally designed to help his political party keep power without changing the mind of a single voter. One oddly shaped district looked like a salamander, which was nicknamed "gerrymander". The partisan process became known as gerrymandering where the term is still used today. 

16 comments:

Bob Bushell said...

We use the phase, it has travelled well!

Elisabeth said...

Thank you for your kind birthday wishes Adam! I really appreciate them!

xxx
E from Helsinki, Finland
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Margaret D said...

Didn't know any of this.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I can't stand this practice. I cannot believe state legislatures get away with this!!

Ken Lynch said...

Weasel politicians: a tradition since the founding.

DEZMOND said...

such fun

Christine said...

Interesting.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

And they're still at it today, the bastards.

Pat Hatt said...

Sneaky indeed, expect nothing less

Pilar Domínguez said...

I have never heard about this man. Interesting question.Kisses:)

stephen Hayes said...

Gerrymandering is how the Republicans keep control of the House.

Kati said...

Clever but...unmoral?

Best,
-Kati

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

So that's how that word came about.

Rowena @ rolala loves

Dana said...

LOL I love this one!

Anna-Alina said...

Nice!=D

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Well, isn't that sneaky...