Gerrymander Exercise

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By Peter Pappas, Copy/ Paste

The results of the 2010 census have been reported and the state legislature has to redraw the district lines to reflect changes in population. Students, grouped as Republicans and Democrats, have been asked to serve as consultants to the legislature. Working individually or in groups, students will develop legislative districts that will favor their party on the map. Additionally, students may discuss the historical roots of the term gerrymander, discuss the impacts of gerrymandering on the legislative process, research district lines in your state, county, or local area, and research the demographics of party affiliation.

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