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November 17th, 2011
05:22 PM ET

Gerry-Rigged: Ignoring the American Voter

Why is Congress so polarized, so gridlocked today? In part, it is because incumbents so rarely have to answer to the American voter.

In the past decade, 78% of the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives did not change party hands, even once. One expert says as few as 20 races can be considered toss-ups next year, out of a total of 435 seats in the House.

CNN's Drew Griffin investigates how “gerrymandering” locks in super-safe seats for many congressmen. This 200-year-old term is the name applied to drawing weird district designs so politicians can pick the voters they want, not what you may want.

CNN’s one-hour documentary “Gerry-Rigged: Why Your Vote Might Not Matter” airs on CNN Presents this Sunday, November 20th at 8 pm ET, replaying at 11 pm ET and 2 am ET.

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