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Ursula’s optimization problem

October 15th, 2018, 11:04am by Sam Wang


Ursula Kwong-Brown, a composer and multimedia artist, had an optimization problem. She’s spent over 10 years in higher education and often had to move several times a year, and sometimes spent time at home with her parents. She’s registered to vote in more districts than she can count! Where to vote?

Thankfully, it’s legal to be registered to vote in many places as long as you only actually vote once. She teamed up with Jason T. Roff and his team at FirstFactory.com to generate a cool tool: Make My Vote Matter.

This tool takes your hometown address and your school address, then tells you where your vote is more powerful. Do you go to college in Virginia, but your hometown is in Maryland? If you consider Virginia your domicile, depending on where you live you might want to vote there. It’s a great application of some of the same ideas that I show in the Congressional District Finder in the right sidebar.

Try it out!

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