There are excellent alternatives to partisan gerrymandering. Some are completely objective, based entirely on mathematics and population density. Others involve judicial or nonpartisan commissions, which leaves room for human tinkering, for better or worse. These alternatives should be thoroughly explored by the legislature. Meanwhile, it's up to us to realize that we can deny the gerrymanderers much of their power if we collectively refuse to be corralled into the voting blocs they've pre-arranged for us. Paying more attention to all the races, regardless of their predicted outcome, would be a good start.