08/06/2012 07:59 am ET Updated Aug 06, 2012

Gerrymeandering Through The New 14th Congressional District: A Photo Essay

Democratic primary voters in the new 14th Congressional District will choose between Congressman Gary Peters and Hansen Clark, Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence, and other marginal candidates on Tuesday. John Hauler is running unopposed in the GOP primary. However, what makes this race so interesting is the peculiar design of the new district.

Congressional districts, drawn every ten years following the Census, are supposed to be compact, contiguous, and uniform in population. The 14th may be uniform in population and technically contiguous, but no reasonable person could conclude this is a compact district. If anything, it looks like someone plotted out the four surrounding Congressional districts and lumped the remainder into a leftover district.

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