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* Voting percentages in tooltips are the percentages of the total votes for Democratic and Republican candidates. Source: Clerk of the House of Representatives
Gerrymandering, the practice of redrawing congressional districts after a decadal census to favor one political party over the other, is getting a bad rap, especially after Republicans used it to maintain a majority in the House despite losing the majority vote in the last election. Sure, gerrymandering may be a way for parties to gain unfair political advantage at the cost of true democracy, but who doesn’t love the crazy congressional district shapes it makes? With a little imagination, Ohio’s 9th District isn’t just a place for the GOP to cram Democratic voters—it’s also a terrible serpent! Pennsylvania's 16th District is a flexing bodybuilder, Ohio’s 12th a loyal pup, and Maryland’s 3rd a “broken-winged pterodactyl.” With Slate’s gerrymandering jigsaw puzzle, gerrymandering is more exciting than ever. How fast can you put the pieces of the electorate back together?
Correction, Aug. 22, 2013: The text accompanying the Maryland puzzle in this interactive originally stated that Maryland has seven congressional districts. It has eight.