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s4burf t1_iuiks00 wrote

The “mander” part of the name is from salamander as the resulting shape of districts can look more like a salamander than some rectangular, logical district layout.


DavidRFZ t1_iuinr9w wrote

And Elbridge Gerry who the technique is named after pronounced his name with a hard G.


Lachtaube t1_iuinzdn wrote

It more specifically comes from a direct redrawn district example that looked like a salamander in the early 1800s, as approved by then Massachusetts governor Eldridge Gerry.