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Jerry H. Goldfeder and Myrna Pérez Jerry H. Goldfeder and Myrna Pérez

Partisan gerrymandering of electoral districts has infected American elections since the beginning of the republic. In recent decades, state legislatures—which, for the most part, draw the lines—have honed the practice into a political tool to ensure that a political party retains a majority (or supermajority) in the state even though such majorities do not reflect actual vote totals. Extreme partisan gerrymandering has become easier as political operatives have grown more savvy in this field and are able to access increasingly powerful mapping and data analysis tools.

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