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Entries Tagged as 'Redistricting'

Stop Partisan Gerrymandering With These Three Weird Tricks

July 16th, 2018, 3:29pm by Sam Wang

When it comes to partisan gerrymandering, the Supreme Court whiffed. The road ahead for federal action is not looking great. However, that doesn’t mean it’s game over, as we reported today in The American Prospect. In fact, there’s considerable hope. We looked into the laws, constitutions, and political landscape in every state where there’s currently […]

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Tags: Redistricting

Support our gerrymandering work!

July 7th, 2018, 12:00pm 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. Our amicus brief in one of this year’s Supreme Court cases was cited by the Court in their decision in Gill v. Whitford. To learn more about […]

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Can Open Data Save Redistricting Reform?

June 26th, 2018, 7:40am by Sam Wang

In light of the recent rulings on partisan and racial gerrymandering from the Supreme Court, it’s time for reformers to go to the trenches. A magic bullet in the form of a ruling from the Supremes would have been great, but I’m not holding my breath. New in The American Prospect, Ben Williams, John O’Neill, […]

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Texas successfully runs out the clock – and sets an ominous standard

June 25th, 2018, 11:09am by Sam Wang

First, the partisan-gerrymandering news. The North Carolina case, Rucho v. Common Cause, was sent back for reconsideration (“vacate and remand”) in light of the Court’s decision in Gill v. Whitford. Retrying Rucho would take a while, so hopefully they will find a faster way. Now, to racial gerrymandering. In the last redistricting case of this […]

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Tags: Redistricting · Supreme Court

Both Sides Now

June 20th, 2018, 6:06pm by Sam Wang

Although I wasn’t thrilled to see the Supreme Court kick the can down the road, the Roberts decision and the Kagan concurrence are quite clarifying, logically speaking. These justices have, in some ways, sorted things out nicely.

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Tags: Redistricting · Supreme Court

Kicking the can down the road

June 18th, 2018, 10:33am by Sam Wang

From the opinion (click image to get whole decision):The Supreme Court has opinions on Gill v. Whitford and Benisek v. Lamone. First, the good news: the Court likes our math! The bad news: they think it answered a First Amendment claim, and they decided this was a Fourteenth Amendment case. Major points, in short: They […]

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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

This Saturday at Princeton: A bipartisan panel on gerrymandering

May 31st, 2018, 1:10pm by Will Adler

Alumni, welcome back for Reunions! This Saturday, as part of Princeton’s annual Reunions, Sam will be moderating a bipartisan panel on gerrymandering. Our new initiative, the Princeton Gerrymandering Project, uses data analytics and the law to address gerrymandering. We’re working at the federal level (see our last-minute appeal to help the Supreme Court) and the […]

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SCOTUS Tea Leaf Watch

May 23rd, 2018, 8:51am by Sam Wang

The anti-labor Epic Systems decision reminds us that the Supreme Court is fundamentally conservative in its outlook – in the political sense, not a textualist sense. Edith Roberts has the roundup. FantasySCOTUS watch: I give you the top 16 punters. Gill v. Whitford: 9 guess affirm, 5 reverse. Benisek v. Lamone: 10 reverse, 5 affirm, […]

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Tags: Redistricting · Supreme Court

Tea Leaves II: FantasySCOTUS renders a verdict

May 5th, 2018, 2:09am by Sam Wang

(Welcome to readers of SCOTUSblog! -Sam) Postscript: Obviously, you can do what I did here for other cases. You are welcome to post your results in comments. Better yet, if you want to write a program to do this automatically, that would be quite welcome! This week, Heather Gerken, election law scholar and Dean of […]

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Tags: Redistricting · Supreme Court