The Supreme Court will hear a landmark case on gerrymandering — here’s what it is and how it changed US politics forever

The Supreme Court will hear a major case in Wisconsin that could have an impact on how district lines are drawn.

Over 200 years ago, Governor Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts signed a bill that allowed for the redrawing of electoral district lines. Today, the practice is called “gerrymandering,” and a certain salamander had a lot to do with its name.