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Entries Tagged as 'Redistricting'

Arnold Schwarzenegger breaks down gerrymandering

February 22nd, 2017, 10:56am by Sam Wang

Schwarzenegger gives an amusing and substantively sound take on gerrymandering: His solution is a citizens’ commission to take redistricting out of the hands of legislators. As I have analyzed (see page 1296), the California Redistricting Commission has done a good job of creating competitive races where none existed before. A commission-based approach has the advantage [...]

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Tags: governors · Redistricting · U.S. Institutions

A New Project on Partisan Gerrymandering

January 17th, 2017, 9:09am by Sam Wang

Tweet This is a big year for partisan gerrymandering. Recently, star litigator Paul M. Smith has cleared the decks for voting-rights cases in the courts. That’s just one move of many that assures that voting rights will be in the spotlight in the coming Supreme Court term. The effects of partisan gerrymandering are plain in [...]

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Tags: Redistricting

Helping the New Gerrymandering Standard Survive in the Supreme Court

November 24th, 2016, 10:20pm by Sam Wang

Tweet Thanksgiving brings the nation a win for fair representation, in the form of a way to deal with partisan gerrymandering. A three-judge court ruled that the Wisconsin state legislative map is a partisan gerrymander: a map drawn to favor one major political party over the other (decision: Whitford Op. and Order, Dkt. 166, Nov. 21, [...]

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Tags: House · Redistricting

David Daley and Sam Wang on gerrymandering

October 15th, 2016, 10:00am by Sam Wang

Last night, David Daley and I appeared at our local bookstore, Labyrinth, to talk about gerrymandering: its effects on democracy, how technology has made it worse, and what can be done to prevent it. It’s is the subject of his new book, Ratf**ked. Thanks to Labyrinth Books and to Princeton Public Lectures, the discussion is [...]

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Tags: Princeton · Redistricting

How Powerful Is Gerrymandering, Anyway? A Conversation With David Daley – Wednesday October 12th in Princeton

October 7th, 2016, 12:01am by Sam Wang

Do you want to move the needle on who controls the House? Use the cool app in the left sidebar to locate competitive House districts near you. Also, use the donation links, which lead to either major party. Democrats will gain seats – but they face a major barrier to gaining a majority. Tonight (Wednesday), [...]

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Tags: 2016 Election · House · Redistricting

An online app to diagnose partisan gerrymandering

June 26th, 2016, 11:30pm by Sam Wang

Today, Mark Tengi and I release an online application to help diagnose whether partisan gerrymandering is evident in a set of election results. The application is intended for the use of judges, clerks, litigants, and others who want a statistically well-founded and easily understood test for partisan asymmetry. The Supreme Court has suggested that partisan [...]

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Tags: House · Redistricting

SCOTUS upholds Arizona Redistricting Commission!

April 20th, 2016, 10:24am by Sam Wang

Decision’s out (PDF)! It’s unanimous, written by Breyer, favoring the Commission, an outcome for which I had advocated. Unfortunately, nothing about tests for symmetry, which I proposed in the NYT and in an upcoming Stanford Law Review article. More thoughts…

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Tags: Redistricting

On the passing of Justice Scalia and this year’s voting rights cases

February 14th, 2016, 10:04am by Sam Wang

An underappreciated fact about the U.S. Supreme Court is just how often its decisions are unanimous, or nearly so. In past years, the two justices who disagreed the most often were Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Samuel Alito – and even then, they only disagreed about one-third of the time. Above is a visualization of “disagreement [...]

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Tags: 2016 Election · President · Redistricting · Senate

Attending oral arguments in Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission

December 20th, 2015, 11:39pm by Sam Wang

Dec. 25th: Updated with five more FantasySCOTUS predictions. The median outcome still favors the Commission, by a narrow 5-4 majority. In my NYT piece proposing statistical standards to detect partisan gerrymandering, I focused on Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, a current Supreme Court case [SCOTUSblog] [Blog for Arizona]. On December 8th I attended oral [...]

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Tags: Redistricting

The effect of gerrymandering in four states exceeds that of population clustering in all 50 states

December 8th, 2015, 7:00am by Sam Wang

My New York Times piece was specifically focused on the legal question of what a party-neutral standard should look like. It didn’t address the political question: where do such deviations come from? As it turns out, the answer is: post-2010, partisan redistricting accounts for more than half of the total asymmetry in the House. The [...]

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Tags: Redistricting