THE GERRYMANDERING GAME

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We have discussed the concept of gerrymandering in class and worked with a couple basic examples. You will now try you hand at some more difficult task. Log on to the redistricting game website. Work with your partner to complete missions 1 & 2. Feel free to stick to the basic missions and be certain to follow all directions. As you are completing the tasks, be sure to answer the following questions on the paper that you have been provided...

  1. After completing these activities, do you think that legislators can play a role in deciding who gets elected? Explain.
  2. The 2006 Supreme Court case of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry established that gerrymandering (as long as it wasn't done for racial reasons) is legal. If you were a judge on the Supreme Court at the time that case was heard, what would your opinion have been on gerrymandering? Explain.