Gerrymandering discussion

For this discussion, we will pretend to be legislators in charge of drawing our own districts. We want districts that our party will always win. Post a picture of your finished districts to the discussion board.

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Download and either open it in Word or print: Redistricting Exercise American.docx

2. This state contains equal numbers of voters who support the Democrat and Republican parties. Democrat voters live in the grayed zones, Republican voters live in the clear zones. Each box contains the same number of people.

3. The state has 200 zones of voters total and 10 representatives, so it needs 10 electoral districts drawn, each with 20 zones of voters within it. Each district must contain 20 zones and must be fully contiguous/connected (no diagonal connections).

4. Pick one party to support and draw 10 districts composed of 20 zones each that maximize your party’s support. Remember, you need a majority of voters to win a district (11 zones).

5. Take a pic or scan of your final district lines and post to the board (or just save your Word doc and post it),

6. In your post, tell us what was the maximum number of districts you were able to win for your party? Also, what strategy did you use to maximize your party’s representation?

COMPLETION OF THIS DISCUSSION WILL HELP YOU MEET MODULE OBJECTIVE D.

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