What is Gerrymandering?

How Politicians in the U.S. Pick Their Voters

With the United States gearing up for the 2020 General Election, the Bertelsmann Foundation has created a three-part animated series highlighting key factors that have contributed to the erosion of American democracy.

Elbridge Gerry's grave
Elbridge Gerry's grave

Our first episode tackles the topic of Gerrymandering and answers these important questions: How did this practice begin? How does it work? What is its impact on voter participation? How can it be defeated?

This animation is part of the Bertelsmann Foundation’s collection of educational videos focused on critical issues in the United States and the European Union.


Anthony T. Silberfeld

Director, Transatlantic Relations
Bertelsmann Foundation