One Person, One Vote: A Surprising History of Gerrymandering in America

One Person, One Vote

By Nick Seabrook.  Explores the rise of gerrymandering, beginning before the nation’s founding, with the rigging of American elections for partisan and political gain and the election meddling of George Burrington, the colonial governor of North Carolina, in retaliation against his critics. Also tells the story of Patrick Henry, who used redistricting to settle an old score with political foe and fellow Founding Father James Madison (almost preventing the Bill of Rights from happening), and of Elbridge Gerry, the Massachusetts governor from whose name “gerrymander” derives. Concludes with one of the most partisan gerry­manders in American history — the successful strategy after the 2010 census to control state governments and rig the results of state legislative and congressional elections over the past decade. Makes clear that a vast new redistricting is already here, and that to safeguard the republic, action is needed before it is too late. Read more.