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What’s at stake next week in Virginia: Redistricting Reform

October 26th, 2019, 12:41pm by Sam Wang

Virginia was the site of the first gerrymander in 1789. Now, Virginia voters get a chance to help make today’s maps the last gerrymander that the Old Dominion ever sees. Before next week’s elections, ask candidates to support reform. To help, Princeton Gerrymandering Project has a new report. PGP’s new report describes how gerrymandering can […]

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Tags: 2020 Election · Princeton · Redistricting

Harvard Law School panel on Electoral College

October 19th, 2019, 9:11am by Sam Wang

Great conference today on the Electoral College, hosted by the Harvard Law and Policy Review. An all-star cast – see the schedule! Also livecast here. My slides are available in PDF format here. Some of my marginal notes here.

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Tags: 2008 Election · 2016 Election · 2020 Election · President · U.S. Institutions

On WUNC’s The State Of Things

September 18th, 2019, 1:31pm by Sam Wang

Yesterday I was on WUNC-FM’s The State Of Things to talk about the remaining unfairness in the maps passed by the North Carolina House and Senate. Take a listen! I come on around the 4:15 mark.

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Tags: 2020 Election · 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

“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

Miami-Dade County to the rescue on Florida voting rights

July 24th, 2019, 11:50am by Sam Wang

Thanks to citizen initiatives, 2018 was a surprisingly good year for voting rights. Florida’s Amendment 4, approved by a wide margin in November, would restore voting rights to 1.4 million people who have served their time for felony convictions. (In Florida, an example of a felony conviction is selling beer to a minor.) But a […]

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Tags: 2020 Election

Seven Steps Of Boom And (usually) Bust: Harris and Williamson at Step 2…Biden at Step 6?

June 28th, 2019, 12:08am by Sam Wang

So again, not to bang this drum too hard, but this is the thing about search traffic and the like not being a proxy for voter intention. https://t.co/ugJxqzDimO — Ariel Edwards-Levy (@aedwardslevy) June 28, 2019 In such a crowded field, it’s inevitable that some candidate will get a boomlet. How long does a boomlet last, […]

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Tags: 2020 Election · President

Gerrymandering is in the news…in Bustle!

April 15th, 2019, 1:36pm by Sam Wang

Truly it is now cool to care about gerrymandering. Check out this great article in Bustle. It features Princeton Gerrymandering Project’s own Hannah Wheelen and Ben Williams. Also Katie Fahey, Justin Levitt – they went deep and talked to the right people! To quote Ben: “Gerrymandering isn’t the issue you have to care about most, […]

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Tags: 2020 Election · Redistricting

Optimal Donations, 2018 (Runoff Edition)

November 24th, 2018, 8:42am by Sam Wang

Election season’s not quite over. We have two high-profile runoffs, one for Georgia Secretary of State and one for Mississippi U.S. Senate. In both cases, no candidate reached 50%, as required by state law there. Both races are highly consequential. Therefore the thermometer at left has been updated. The Georgia Secretary of State race goes […]

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Tags: 2018 Election · 2020 Election · Senate

Voter rights expansion is on the ballot next week!

October 31st, 2018, 11:50am by Sam Wang

Voter-ID and voter-suppression efforts are in the news. But there is also big positive news under the radar. Ballot initiatives across the nation would register, re-enfranchise, and re-empower millions of voters. Numerically, these effects are 8-10% of voting-age adults – they are far larger than the effects of voter-ID laws. (Unfortunately, they’re in different states.) In […]

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Tags: 2018 Election · 2020 Election · Redistricting