From Gerrymander to Bushmander – Map 4 of 5

José-Luis Olivares. “Redistricting Texas Style.”
Published online by University of Texas at Austin, Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services, January 2004.
Courtesy of the artist.
The 2004 article “Redistricting Texas Style” explored years of creating partisan-drawn Congressional districts. As the accompanying cartoon suggests, both the elephant and donkey seek to influence the process, making sure to ‘color’ the state to its own advantage. Their determined looks and ‘slap dash’ approach indicate the nature of the process—acquire as much territory as possible with little regard for the resulting logic of the districts drawn. The artist, José-Luis Olivares from Medford, MA, captures the circus-like nature of the proceedings that seem to characterize the process of repeatedly re-arranging the political landscape.