In most states, the legislature is in charge of designing Congressional and state voting districts.
Pennsylvania isn't unique in that respect.
But some say the commonwealth is home to some of the nation's starkest examples of gerrymandering -- where the shape of a voting district is manipulated to produce the outcome desired by the party in charge.
The term is over 200 years old. It was coined by a Boston newspaper's coverage of maps produced in Massachusetts in 1812 during the term of Gov. Elbridge Gerry, which featured salamander-shaped district loosely coiled around Boston.