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Politics & Polls: What I saw in the Supreme Court

October 12th, 2017, 5:16pm by Sam Wang

Julian Zelizer and I talk about partisan gerrymandering, what I saw when I attended oral argument in Gill v. Whitford, and what it means for reform efforts nationwide. All in the new Politics & Polls.

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Data Science in 30 Minutes: Partisan Gerrymandering

October 11th, 2017, 8:59pm by Sam Wang

Here’s a webinar on how data nerds can help fight partisan gerrymandering: You can help by joining state-level efforts, and by supporting our work.

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Support our gerrymandering work!

October 11th, 2017, 7:19am by Sam Wang

We are engaged in nonpartisan analysis to help understand the causes of partisan gerrymandering, and develop tools to fix it through court action and through citizen-led reform efforts in states. For example, our amicus brief in last week’s Supreme Court case may be useful to them as they write their decision – and, depending on [...]

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What the Supreme Court didn’t say…yet

October 3rd, 2017, 8:51pm by Sam Wang

This bingo card turns out to be a fairly apt explanation for what did, and did not, happen during oral arguments today. First, a bit of color: I sat behind Bill Whitford, and to his right was former California Governor Arnold Schwarznegger. In front of them was Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin. That was cool. Anyway, [...]

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Gill v. Whitford

October 1st, 2017, 12:08pm by Sam Wang

On Tuesday at 10:00am, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Gill vs. Whitford, which concerns extreme partisan gerrymandering. Justice Ginsburg has suggested, with some justification I think, that this could be the most important case of the Court’s term. The tone and content of oral arguments are often predictive of [...]

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Job opportunity – Computational Research Analyst, Gerrymandering and Redistricting

September 28th, 2017, 11:57pm by Sam Wang

The Gill v. Whitford oral argument gives new importance to this announcement. -Sam, 10/4/2017 The Princeton Gerrymandering Project is hiring! We’re looking for a computational research analyst to do geography-intensive calculations, test our simple statistical standards, and close loopholes in proposed reform efforts. It’s a full-time position, available immediately. Computational skills and an interest in [...]

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New Dataset: State Legislative Elections, 1971-2012

September 26th, 2017, 12:00pm by brian

I’m pleased to say that the Princeton Gerrymandering Project has just published a new dataset of state legislative elections from 1972 to 2012. This database covers over 500 election/state/year combinations, and contains over 72,000 elections. The election results can be downloaded here, and the code can be viewed on github. The dataset is based on [...]

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The Very Hungry Gerrymandering Project

September 25th, 2017, 6:48pm by Sam Wang

Gerrymandering comes to the forefront. See www.princeton.edu for a video about standards for extreme partisan gerrymandering that we are advocating, based on simple concepts of partisan symmetry and basic statistics. The explainer is pretty spiffy! Want to know how gerrymandering has gotten so bad in the last few decades? Here’s a history (with numbers) in [...]

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When did partisan gerrymandering get worse, and why?

September 25th, 2017, 7:22am by Sam Wang

Partisan gerrymandering: when did it get worse, why, & what can courts & reformers do? New at The American Prospect, we trace the roots of an offense that has ballooned in recent decades. Also, over at the Princeton Gerrymandering Project, we’ve added state legislative data. This includes data for the Wisconsin Assembly, which is important [...]

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A tutorial on partisan gerrymandering

September 7th, 2017, 8:45am by Sam Wang

Here’s a spiffy explainer video on how extreme partisan gerrymandering is committed, and how it can be detected by anyone who’s ever taken a basic statistics class. Many thanks to the creatives behind this, Kyle McKernan and Danielle Alio of the Princeton University communications office. If you like their work, share it and “like” it!

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