Gerrymandering – Dr. Andrew E. Smith, University of New Hampshire

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Monday, Jun 11, 2018, 7:30 pm

Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA

Gerrymandering, the drawing of legislative districts to benefit a particular political party has been common since the early days of the United States.  Indeed, it drew its name from Elbridge Gerry who as Massachusetts governor from 1810 to 1813 initiated the practice.   It has been practiced diligently by both Democrats and Republicans – a rare display of bi-partisanship—ever since!  The courts have historically been wary of intervening in this practice, but the Supreme Court has taken up the issue recently and will be ruling on several cases this year.  What are the origins of gerrymandering?  What are the consequences?  And what impact will upcoming Supreme Court decisions have on American politics?

Dr. Andrew Smith has been Director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center since 1999 and is Professor of Practice in the UNH Department of Political Science.  He has more than 30 years’ experience in academic survey research and is currently President of -the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations. The UNH Survey Center is known for its public opinion polling for media organizations including the Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, CNN, and local televisions stations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania.  Professor Smith has published in many academic journals and is co-author with David Moore of The First Primary: New Hampshire’s Outsize Role in Presidential Nominations, published by the University Press of New Hampshire.


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