Illustrators depictions of gerrymandered maps

"Spawn of Gerrymander" is a series in which some of our favorite illustrators use their talents to help us see the true shape of political mapmaking in the twenty-first century:

Over the course of this week, this series will present graphic visualizations of six gerrymandered U.S. Congressional districts, created by six dynamite illustrators: Joe Alterio, Steve Brodner, Lisa Congdon, Jennifer Daniel, Oliver Munday, and Leif Parsons.

Above and below, Steve Brodner's "Bleeding Liberty" map for Pennsylvania's Seventh Congressional District.

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  1. I simply do not understand why the people tolerate this. My party does it too, although not as outrageously as the opposition.

    Here in Ohio we had a referendum on appointing a nonpartisan commission to draw up the lines. Interested parties flooded the airwaves with scary messages about "unelected bureaucrats telling you where to vote." The measure failed. The state remains almost as rigged as Pennsylvania.

  2. deedub says:


  3. And then there's Austin. Surgically divided so as to minimize the chances of someone from Austin representing the people who live in and around Austin. Being bright blue in a bright red state must be lonely.

  4. jerwin says:

    Here's austin.

    Some salamander districts may make more sense when overlain on topographic maps, and of course, population tends to be unevenly distributed. Too much focus on districts like this (which, I'll admit doesn't seem to be that defensible)

    can obscure the injustices done to urbanites-- simply most compact urban districts are too small to show up on the map.

    There's stuff going on with NY-12, but it's too small to show up, even on the inset map.

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