Gerrymandering is a fun word to let roll off your tongue, but when put into practice it is something different altogether. The Oxford Languages Dictionary defines gerrymandering as the manipulation of “the boundaries of an electoral constituency so as to favor one party or class.” That is legalized cheating. Gerrymandering is not honorable. People who want to stay in power and fear the honest outcomes of an election want to put their thumb on the scale beforehand and make these gerrymandered districts into law. I don’t know how else to explain it. It is cheating made legal.
I don’t care if both parties have used gerrymandering to win. It is just flat wrong, and those involved should be ashamed. There is nothing fair and balanced about gerrymandering.
Why would the supervisors spend $80,000 of the county’s precious money on redistricting if one supervisor is going to develop his own, the chosen map at home? That makes no sense to me and makes me question intent. The county could have saved $80,000 and just let that supervisor draw his own map at home because he is already on the county payroll.
— Cheryl Juhl, Chico