Gerrymandering is a Threat to Democracy

According to Brian Klaas, author of “Gerrymandering is the Biggest Obstacle to Genuine Democracy in the United States”, “If there is one silver bullet that could fix American democracy, it’s getting rid of gerrymandering – the now commonplace practice of drawing electoral districts in a distorted way for partisan gain.”

The manipulation of voting districts borders to favor one political party over other rigs elections.  It delivers majorities and supermajorities of a party’s candidates to the legislature in defiance of the majority vote.  So-called “safe seats” insulate incumbents, make them less accountable, less willing to compromise, and more likely to be a party of gridlock.  Democracy theoretically allows voters to choose their politicians while gerrymandering leads to politicians choosing their voters.