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Entries from September 16th, 2019

The Princeton Gerrymandering Project is hiring – Senior Developer

September 16th, 2019, 2:34pm by Hope Johnson

American democracy is changing in ways that we have not seen before in our lifetimes. If you’d like help stop some of the worst offenses, the Princeton Gerrymandering Project has an opportunity for you! We’re hiring an experienced full-stack engineer (job posting here) to help our team build tools to fight gerrymandering. 

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Tags: Redistricting

Suggestions for a fair redistricting process (contains no partisan data)

September 16th, 2019, 9:41am by Sam Wang

Carolina legislators have an unusual task: they are instructed by the Superior Court to undo a partisan gerrymander, but they are not allowed to use partisan voting data. Here are some suggestions for carrying out this task successfully.

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Tags: Politics · Redistricting

The North Carolina Senate remedial map shows reduced bias but is weak for minority representation

September 15th, 2019, 11:45am by Sam Wang

This post has been modified to remove reference to the Voting Rights Act. (click the map above for greater detail) The Senate remedial map, as passed by the entire chamber (“Consensus v3”), is reminiscent of the House map in its character. It has less partisan skew – but some still remains. PlanScore [2018 map] [Remedial] […]

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Tags: 2020 Election · Politics · Redistricting

North Carolina’s new House plan still has at least half the partisan skew of the gerrymandered map

September 14th, 2019, 3:31pm by Sam Wang

(Links: shapefiles, PlanScore, spreadsheet of analytics, and DRA) A three-judge state court in North Carolina has ordered that both House and Senate legislative maps, which it identified as a partisan gerrymander, must be redrawn by next Wednesday. Last night the House took a step toward meeting that deadline – but the handiwork so far (shown […]

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Tags: Redistricting

“Jump ball” in North Carolina redistricting

September 11th, 2019, 7:17am by Sam Wang

Redistricting requires tradeoffs, judgments, and compromises. Yesterday in starting their court-ordered remedial map, the North Carolina Senate released its “jump ball.” In basketball, a jump ball is the moment when play begins. In this case, the jump ball was spun in the Republicans’ favor. But there’s a lot that can still happen ahead. The North […]

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Tags: 2020 Election · Redistricting

“Digital sunshine” for fair districting in North Carolina

September 6th, 2019, 6:51pm by Sam Wang

Today I filed a letter in North Carolina Superior Court regarding the landmark partisan-gerrymandering case that was decided this week. In it, I advocated for “digital sunshine” as a way to make the remedial maps as fair as possible. The letter is here. The Court held that the General Assembly-drawn House and Senate legislative maps […]

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Tags: Redistricting