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Michigan Redistricting Commission: First steps

June 29th, 2019, 2:49pm by Sam Wang

Michigan’s new redistricting commission is getting off the ground! Here’s an early step: a request for statistical assistance in selecting commissioners at random from the applicant pool. Statistical consultants, put in a bid – and help move reform forward! To see the state government’s full RFP, follow this link, click on Guest Access, and do […]

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John Roberts’s disproportionate error

June 27th, 2019, 1:05pm by Sam Wang

Today, the Supreme Court ran away from the question of partisan gerrymandering. Chief Justice Roberts’s majority decision cited the problem of “proportional representation” as an impediment to establishing a standard of fairness. His argument has a major logical problem which is easily fixed – though at this point, it will have to be done in […]

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Tags: Redistricting · Supreme Court

Coming soon to a powwow near you…

June 10th, 2019, 12:04pm by Sam Wang

This summer, I’ll be on a panel at Netroots Nation to talk about state-level strategies to achieve fair districting. It will be in Philadelphia from July 11-13. Our panel’s on the first day. The other panelists are great. They include a member of the California redistricting commission, widely considered to be a bipartisan success. The […]

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Partisan primaries as gatekeepers

May 21st, 2019, 7:06am by Sam Wang

Partisan gerrymandering makes the primary the only election where there is real competition. In the New York Times, a former Senate candidate writes on how even this avenue can be manipulated to reduce competition by the political parties. The author’s proposed solutions can conceivably help. A top-two primary system, as implemented in California, can increase […]

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Gerrymandering is in the news…in Bustle!

April 15th, 2019, 1:36pm by Sam Wang

Truly it is now cool to care about gerrymandering. Check out this great article in Bustle. It features Princeton Gerrymandering Project’s own Hannah Wheelen and Ben Williams. Also Katie Fahey, Justin Levitt – they went deep and talked to the right people! To quote Ben: “Gerrymandering isn’t the issue you have to care about most, […]

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Tags: 2020 Election · Redistricting

Data Science at Princeton – two jobs available immediately

April 2nd, 2019, 10:57pm by Sam Wang

So, I’ve got two jobs here. Both involve GIS. One’s for redistricting and anti-gerrymandering. The other is for…neuroscience! The Princeton Gerrymandering Project is recruiting a Data Scientist. Analytics to support OpenPrecincts.org, our data hub to help with citizen redistricting in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. You need both data skills and […]

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Tags: Princeton · Redistricting

Discover Your Inner Federalist! Using State Constitutions To Stop Gerrymandering

March 29th, 2019, 11:56pm by Sam Wang

Update, July 17, 2019: The Supreme Court didn’t act to curb partisan gerrymandering. But there’s a second route to justice: state courts. In Slate, the Princeton Gerrymandering Project’s Ben Williams reports. To read about this idea, our forthcoming article [SSRN link] in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law spells it all out.

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Tags: Redistricting

Partisan gerrymandering and the Chief

March 26th, 2019, 8:28am by Sam Wang

Today, the Supreme Court hears two partisan gerrymandering cases, a Republican offense in North Carolina (Rucho v. Common Cause) and a Democratic offense in Maryland (Benisek v. Lamone). The outcome likely hinges on the vote of Chief Justice John Roberts (or Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh…developing…). In the Atlantic, I review how far the math has […]

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OpenPrecincts.org is live!

March 21st, 2019, 8:45pm by Sam Wang

Until now, politicians had a monopoly on the data needed to draw district maps. The Princeton Gerrymandering Project’s data specialist Hannah Wheelen is helping to change that. Hannah oversees data collection for OpenPrecincts.org, our tool to let citizens talk back to redistricters. She’ll talk about our overall approach, especially our recent efforts in Virginia. We […]

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On this morning with Michigan SoS Benson!

March 21st, 2019, 9:44am by Sam Wang

Looking forward to joining @MichSoS @JocelynBenson tomorrow on WJR-AM in Detroit. Tune in to hear about the future of redistricting in the Wolverine State! When: Thursday 9:45 amhttps://t.co/p6hqXlEG84https://t.co/IL6OEJWnBRhttps://t.co/V5PzjOGL4ehttps://t.co/ZOnXpP3kci — Sam Wang (@SamWangPhD) March 20, 2019 Tune in right this minute! Sorry, over now…fun and quick. However, you can still listen here. Michiganders, be on the […]

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