Gerrymandering is a rearrangement of voting districts' boundaries to favor the party in power. It is used to dilute the voting power of the opposing party's supporters, and to extract the opposing party's voting power from one district to consolidate the party in power's voting strength in other districts.

It can also be used to protect incumbents. And incumbent politicians look out for their party's interests instead of constituents' interests.
The term was created by Massachusetts Jeffersonians when Elbridge Gerry was governor of Massachusetts in 1812.
Gerrymandering can have a detrimental and harmful effect on the principle of democratic accountability.  To annul gerrymandering is to stop redistricting and use existing political boundaries, using fixed districts, such as state, county or provincial lines. U.S. senators are elected by their entire state.

Gerrymandering is a tool to divide and distort the electorate. Why bother-to vote when the result seems preordained?
Partisan gerrymandering is an unethical abuse of power. How can political gerrymandering help our system of government and what value is it to our democracy? It has a corrosive effect on the integrity of democracy. Democracy works when the voters pick their representatives. Our American democracy is broken and drastically needs to be fixed after 205 years of dirty politics.
Washington's responsibility is to lead the nation and ideally bring honesty and morality back to politics. Our representatives should be honest, trustworthy and bring transparency to our government and make America the best place on earth.
I call on the Congress to legislate and prohibit redistricting for political advantage.

Gerrymandering is the biggest threat and obstruction to true and genuine democracy in our country. Our unpopular Congress can fix our democracy by getting rid of it. By maintaining gerrymandering, we destroy the founding ideals of our republic by allowing our districts to be robbed by partisans which will lead us toward the death of our democracy.

Joseph Jacob  lives in Utica.