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Republicans foil what most U.S. wants with gerrymandering

March 18, 2013

Wayne State University Law School Dean Jocelyn Benson comments in an extensive story about gerrymandering, or redistricting, in congressional districts. Redistricting is intended to ensure House members represent roughly equal size populations. Yet from the first Congress, party leaders began exploiting the map-making exercise by weakening the voting strength of some groups to gain partisan advantage, a practice known as gerrymandering. Benson said a district should have a spread of no more than five percentage points between Democratic and Republican voters to be competitive.