"bleaching" too [Was: "pack" and "crack" (types of gerrymandering)]

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Sep 30 14:19:39 UTC 2012

At 9/30/2012 02:35 AM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>I posted this link here previously on 12/14/11

I see someone will have to add "bleaching" to the
OED::  Redistricting to cleanse (whiten) districts surrounding a
packed district (in which all the minority voters have been placed).


>     VS-)
>On 9/29/2012 7:43 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>>"During as sometimes contentious 2 1/2-hour meeting, coalition
>>members voiced their desire to avoid 'packing and cracking': creating
>>districts that excessively concentrate voters from a legally
>>protected minority group or splitting minority neighborhoods into
>>more than one district so their influence would be lessened."
>>Boston Globe, Sept. 28, 2012, B3, col. 2.
>>Not in OED, I think.
>>Wikipedia, under "Gerrymandering", has a section 4, "Packing and
>>cracking", with explanations of the terms.
>>I did not attempt a serious search for prior instances; seems
>>difficult to isolate.
>>2005, testimony before a subcommittee of the House of
>>Representatives, in "Voting Rights Act : the judicial evolution of
>>the retrogression standard ...", has the phrase "packing and
>>cracking" but without explanation.  GBooks.
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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