Gerrymander artwork

The term “gerrymander” originated with a state senate district created in 1812 in Massachusetts, as depicted here with creative license by painter Gilbert Stuart. The concept of creating political districts to pre-determine the outcome of elections got its name from Elbridge Gerry, the governor who signed legislation creating the district.

The Arlington League of Women Voters will host a forum on “Gerrymandering in America and the Future of Popular Sovereignty” on Thursday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Arlington Mill Community Center.

The program will feature Michael Latner, an associate professor of political science at California Polytechnic State University, where he studies electoral systems, representation and voting rights.

The forum is free, and the community is invited. For information, see the Web site at