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A Commissioner’s Guide to Redistricting in Michigan

February 4th, 2019, 12:00pm by Sam Wang

Today we’re releasing a detailed report on Michigan’s new Independent Citizens’ Redistricting Commission! In November, Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to their state constitution to remove the power of the state legislature to draw legislative and Congressional district boundaries. The vote was a victory for those seeking to end gerrymandering, but it’s the only […]

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Politics & Polls: talk back to Julian and Sam

January 22nd, 2019, 4:19pm by Sam Wang

In our Politics & Polls podcast, Julian Zelizer and I talk to our guests, and sometimes to each other. This week we want to hear from you. Do you have questions? Ideas that interest you? Email them to Do it now! (For regular commenters: you can use the comment thread here too.)

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Coalition for smarter redistricting in New Jersey

January 7th, 2019, 9:47pm by Sam Wang

I’m pleased to announce that the Princeton Gerrymandering Project is joining a working group to evaluate and make recommendations for New Jersey’s legislative redistricting process. Our press release is here. Our working group follows on an unpopular proposal that would have changed the composition of the reapportionment commission and inserted a formula for compliance. PGP […]

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The Princeton Gerrymandering Project is hiring!

November 7th, 2018, 8:25am by Sam Wang

I think there are lots of data/politics people who might have a little more free time as of today. So… Do you love democracy? Are you a data person? Hate gerrymandering? Want to help level the playing field for all citizens? The Princeton Gerrymandering Project needs you! We are planning OpenPrecincts, a project to provide […]

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Friday Night viewing: Fixing Bugs in Democracy

October 26th, 2018, 8:00pm by Sam Wang

A few weeks ago, I gave a public lecture at Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy. Great audience, great discussion. Learn about partisan gerrymandering and how Open Data can help level the playing field for all citizens!

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Support the Princeton Gerrymandering Project!

August 1st, 2018, 12:00pm by Sam Wang

The Princeton Gerrymandering Project does nonpartisan analysis to understand and eliminate partisan gerrymandering at a state-by-state level. The Supreme Court acknowledged the validity of our math (see our great explainer video). Looking ahead, the strongest route to reform is at a state-by-state level—a federalist approach. Our interdisciplinary team aims to give activists and legislators the tools they need […]

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The Princeton Gerrymandering Project is expanding!

June 1st, 2018, 11:20pm by Sam Wang

Anyone interested in containing partisan gerrymanders is waiting for several major decisions from the Supreme Court this  month. But no matter which way those decisions go, the next stage of reform will be local. For this reason, my team at the Princeton Gerrymandering Project is making plans to expand our research efforts, which bridge mathematics and […]

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Tags: Princeton · Redistricting · Supreme Court

Politics & Polls #73: What does the North Carolina gerrymandering decision mean?

January 11th, 2018, 3:54pm by Sam Wang

Our podcast’s now available on Spotify! Today, Julian Zelizer and I discussed the North Carolina court decision. What does it mean for reform ahead? Listen to the new Politics & Polls.

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Fall Football Lecture: Can Math Help Fix Bugs in Democracy?

November 11th, 2017, 12:14pm by Sam Wang

During college football season, the Princeton Alumni Association hosts fall lectures for people who come back to campus for the home games. This morning I gave the pregame lecture for the Yale game. My topic: can math help repair partisan gerrymandering and the Electoral College? Great audience, great questions. There is no video available. However, […]

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Benjamin Wittes on Politics & Polls

July 13th, 2017, 4:52pm by Sam Wang

Benjamin Wittes of Lawfare joined Julian Zelizer and me today on Politics & Polls. He gave us an unsparing look at potential crimes & what the Trump-Russia scandal looks like to the national-security community. Listen:

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