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Entries Tagged as 'Redistricting'

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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Tags: Redistricting

A Manageable Approach to Partisan Gerrymandering

September 4th, 2017, 2:22pm by Sam Wang

If the Supreme Court lays down a partisan symmetry-based standard for gerrymandering, will this open up a flood of lawsuits? Over at Election Law Blog, I use election evidence to argue that no, it will act as more of a brushback to future offenders. The reason? As you can see in the chart, partisan gerrymanders only [...]

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Tags: House · Redistricting

Amicus Brief in Gill v. Whitford

August 30th, 2017, 10:39pm by Sam Wang

Today I filed a brief in the S.Ct. gerrymandering case with some of the best elections scholars in the country. https://t.co/2Wm43rrnEK — Heather Gerken (@GerkenHeather) August 31, 2017 Today we submitted our amicus brief (read the PDF) in the case of Gill v. Whitford. The authors are Heather Gerken, Jonathan N. Katz, Gary King, Larry Sabato, [...]

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Tags: Redistricting · U.S. Institutions

Gerrymandering vs. Math: Who will win?

August 29th, 2017, 2:23pm by Sam Wang

From Emily Bazelon, a sharp look at partisan gerrymandering. Her thinking and analysis will resonate with fans of the Princeton Gerrymandering Project. We’ll have more coverage soon, once the Supreme Court amicus filing deadline has passed…

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Tags: Redistricting

Democratic Partisan Gerrymanders, 1972-present

August 23rd, 2017, 12:39am by Sam Wang

The Princeton Gerrymandering Project makes it easy to browse all gerrymandering offenses for a given year. We are now starting to cross-reference these offenses with who had control over the redistricting process. It’s a daunting task, but our statistical analyst Brian Remlinger is on the case. Brian has found something interesting: from 1972 until now, [...]

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Tags: House · Redistricting

The Princeton Gerrymandering Project is live!

August 4th, 2017, 7:34am by Sam Wang

I am happy to announce our revamped site at gerrymander.princeton.edu. This is part of the Princeton Gerrymandering Project’s tooling up for the coming several years of work by courts and reformers. The site now has an interactive map showing the results of three simple gerrymandering tests, applied in all the states. It allows you to [...]

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Tags: Redistricting · Site News

Partisan gerrymandering case to be argued before Supreme Court on October 3rd

July 19th, 2017, 2:22pm by Sam Wang

Just in: oral arguments in Gill v. Whitford will take place at 10:00am on Tuesday, October 3rd. It’s the second day of the fall term. More big cases in October sitting — travel ban, gerrymandering, arbitration, immigration detention, ATS — than in all of last term pic.twitter.com/71dmkBfwvh — Adam Liptak (@adamliptak) July 19, 2017

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Tags: Redistricting

Partisan Gerrymandering Across the 50 States

July 16th, 2017, 8:49am by Sam Wang

Note: I’ll pretty this up later. In the meantime, the files are available for you to download and inspect at the end of this post. Over at the Associated Press, reporter David Lieb has published a new, in-depth analysis of the effects of gerrymandering in the 2016 Congressional and statehouse elections. The analysis found that [...]

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Tags: 2012 Election · 2014 Election · 2016 Election · governors · Redistricting

A Contest: Hack the Gerrymandering Standards!

May 20th, 2017, 5:28pm by Sam Wang

June 1: Thank you for your entries. We are evaluating them, and will post the results – as well as an explainer for what we learned – shortly. Today I did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit Politics. In conjunction with the AMA, we have a contest! The deadline is Wednesday, May 31st. I have developed multiple [...]

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Tags: Redistricting

Gerrymanders, Part 3: Redistricting Nerds, Geographic Compactness Does Not Solve Your Problems

May 14th, 2017, 4:27pm by Sam Wang

For general audiences, I have written quite a bit about gerrymandering in the New York Times (in 2013 and in 2015) and recently, in the Los Angeles Times. In addition, I have drilled into the technical details in the Stanford Law Review and here at the Princeton Election Consortium (part 1 and part 2). Today [...]

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Tags: Redistricting