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Mapmaker: Gerrymandering Game

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  • 1 Regional Map
  • 1 Manual
  • 110 Wood District Lines
  • 75 Voter Tokens
  • 28 District Markers
  • 5 Bags

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 In Mapmaker: The Gerrymandering Game you are a mapmaker, which means you make maps... and determine who wins elections. Can you crack and pack voters? Can you scheme and strategize? Can you create unfair, lopsided, strangely shaped districts that will guarantee your party's victory? Gerrymandering with friends and family (when it doesn't affect real voters) is a whole lot of fun.

1-4 players take turns drawing districts in 30-45 minutes.

Mapmaker is fast to learn and fast to play. It?s full of surprises, maneuvers, and outmaneuvers. It?s a simple way to try your hand at gerrymandering.

How to Play:

Each player belongs to a political party: Red Elephants, Blue Donkeys, Yellow Porcupines, or Green Leaves. (Fun fact: the yellow porcupine is the symbol of the Libertarian Party.)
You all start with the same number of voters, randomly spread across the board.
You take turns placing 4 district borders, splitting voters into districts. Whoever has the most voters within the district claims that district.
Whoever has the most districts at the end wins. Swing counties break ties.

  • 1 Regional Map
  • 1 Manual
  • 110 Wood District Lines
  • 75 Voter Tokens
  • 28 District Markers
  • 5 Bags
  • 1 - 4 Players
  • Ages 8 and up
  • No batteries needed!
  • Dimensions: 10.5 in X 10.5 in X 2 in

Why Play Mapmaker?

Gerrymandering is a major cause of our current political climate: it protects incumbents, limits competition, and increases polarization. In districts across the country, it robs voters of their voice. Nevertheless, gerrymandering doesn?t receive enough targeted attention. Most news coverage and money pours into federal elections?even though local state elections are what influence gerrymandering. In 37 states, the state legislature is in charge of redistricting. Before inventing this game (and doing more research) we didn?t realize that most governors in these states have veto power over gerrymandered maps. It?s our responsibility to bring gerrymandering into the spotlight, to put pressure on legislators and governors who gerrymander. Redistricting happens every ten years. Before 2021 redistricting, which will affect elections for the next decade, we hope to add momentum to the anti-gerrymandering movement.

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