Motion graphic: Understanding gerrymandering

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If you ever take a look at a map of legislative districts, you might notice that it is filled with odd shapes that bind together people who have few interests in common.

What is going on with this? It is gerrymandering, the drawing of district boundaries to increase the chances that the party in power will win more seats in proportion to its strength in the electorate. If this confuses you, and why shouldn’t it, this MI First Election video graphic by Michigan State University student Kirstyn Shiner might help.

You can watch other motion graphics about the election here:

How U.S. Supreme Court Justices are appointed

Understanding who can and cannot vote

Understanding absentee voting

Understanding political polls

Understanding red states, blue states and purple states

Understanding how proposals get on the ballot

Understanding how much it costs to win an election

Understanding the Electoral College

Understanding the electoral vs. popular vote

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