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The North Carolina Senate remedial map shows reduced bias but is weak for minority representation

September 15th, 2019, 11:45am by Sam Wang

This post has been modified to remove reference to the Voting Rights Act. (click the map above for greater detail) The Senate remedial map, as passed by the entire chamber (“Consensus v3”), is reminiscent of the House map in its character. It has less partisan skew – but some still remains. PlanScore [2018 map] [Remedial] […]

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Tags: 2020 Election · Politics · Redistricting

North Carolina’s new House plan still has at least half the partisan skew of the gerrymandered map

September 14th, 2019, 3:31pm by Sam Wang

(Links: shapefiles, PlanScore, spreadsheet of analytics, and DRA) A three-judge state court in North Carolina has ordered that both House and Senate legislative maps, which it identified as a partisan gerrymander, must be redrawn by next Wednesday. Last night the House took a step toward meeting that deadline – but the handiwork so far (shown […]

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Tags: Redistricting

“Jump ball” in North Carolina redistricting

September 11th, 2019, 7:17am by Sam Wang

Redistricting requires tradeoffs, judgments, and compromises. Yesterday in starting their court-ordered remedial map, the North Carolina Senate released its “jump ball.” In basketball, a jump ball is the moment when play begins. In this case, the jump ball was spun in the Republicans’ favor. But there’s a lot that can still happen ahead. The North […]

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Tags: 2020 Election · Redistricting

“Digital sunshine” for fair districting in North Carolina

September 6th, 2019, 6:51pm by Sam Wang

Today I filed a letter in North Carolina Superior Court regarding the landmark partisan-gerrymandering case that was decided this week. In it, I advocated for “digital sunshine” as a way to make the remedial maps as fair as possible. The letter is here. The Court held that the General Assembly-drawn House and Senate legislative maps […]

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The Princeton Gerrymandering Project is hiring – National Relationship Manager and Policy Analyst

August 7th, 2019, 7:01pm by Sam Wang

Gerrymandering is worse than ever in our lifetimes. We’re working on a strategy to undo this offense (see this recent article of mine and watch this video). And we want you! We have two positions, National Relationship Manager and National Policy Analyst. The Policy Analyst (job posting here) will expand our law and policy analysis to all 50 […]

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Tags: Redistricting

A Fifty-State Guide To Redistricting Reform

July 13th, 2019, 6:00pm by Sam Wang

As I wrote in today’s New York Times, despite the failure of the Supreme Court to act, there’s a way forward to stop gerrymandering. Here at the Princeton Gerrymandering Project, we’ve assessed the best route to reform in your state. Check it out! One route to reform goes through state courts, as Ben Williams reported […]

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Tags: Redistricting · Supreme Court

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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