In the process of setting electoral districts, gerrymandering is a practice intended to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating district boundaries.

An electoral district is a territorial subdivision for electing members to a legislative body.

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The resulting district is known as a gerrymander ; however, that word can also refer to the process.

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The term gerrymandering has negative connotations.


Two principal tactics are used in gerrymandering: "cracking" and "packing".


In addition to its use achieving desired electoral results for a particular party, gerrymandering may be used to help or hinder a particular demographic, such as a political, ethnic, racial, linguistic, religious, or class group, such as in U.S. federal voting district boundaries that produce a majority of constituents representative of African-American or other racial minorities, known as "majority-minority districts".

Demography is the statistical study of populations, especially human beings.


Gerrymandering can also be used to protect incumbents.

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