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Why Your Vote Matters: Wisconsin

October 19th, 2018, 7:43am by Sam Wang

As the election draws near, I’ll write some short essays on why it’s important to vote in specific critical states. Normally at PEC we focus on House and Senate races. But there are tons of important state and local races as well. They’re collected at the PEC Key Races page. Let’s start with Wisconsin. Wisconsin […]

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Tags: 2018 Election · governors · Redistricting

Local talk: Sam Wang on the road ahead for gerrymandering reform

October 3rd, 2018, 8:30am by Sam Wang

As part of the Center for Information Technology Policy’s lecture series, next Monday, October 8th at 4:30pm, I will speak on “Fixing Bugs in Democracy: The Road Ahead for Gerrymandering Reform.” If you’re in the Princeton area, come hear about how data science can help empower activists and reformers – and terminate gerrymandering. Seminar announcement […]

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Princeton Gerrymandering Project wins a prize for state-by-state gerrymandering standards

September 25th, 2018, 2:12pm by Sam Wang

I’m pleased to announce that Brian Remlinger, Ben Williams, and I have won first prize in Common Cause’s contest for new tools to combat partisan gerrymandering! Common Cause’s press release is here. This year’s contest asked for legal theories for fighting partisan gerrymandering. In response, Brian Remlinger, Ben Williams, and I proposed that statistical tests […]

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Tags: Redistricting

North Carolina’s Second Route to Redistricting Reform

September 4th, 2018, 10:47am by Sam Wang

The path to redistricting reform in North Carolina has gone through federal courts – but looks shaky at the moment. New in the Washington Post, Rick Ober and I point out a second path, through state courts. This second path does not require a federal standard! Also in the Post, here’s a beautiful visualization of […]

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We drew a fairer map for the Virginia legislature – and so can you!

August 30th, 2018, 12:40am by Sam Wang

 A federal court has ordered the Virginia legislature to redraw 33 districts in the eastern part of the state, in order to undo a racial gerrymander. The Princeton Gerrymandering Project is pleased to announce its first open-data project. Ben Williams and Will Adler drew a proposed map for them. Explore it through our interactive […]

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Optimal Donations 2018: Senate and Governor’s races

August 26th, 2018, 4:40pm by Sam Wang

In 2016, I promised to get away from giving you probabilities. Here I show that under current conditions, you can optimize your donations without such calculations. As has been the case in past elections, I’d like to point out key races where supporters of either Democrats or Republicans will get the maximum impact for their […]

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Tags: 2018 Election · governors · House · Redistricting · Senate

Thomas Hofeller, 1943-2018

August 19th, 2018, 9:59am by Sam Wang

Despite the near-certainty that Democrats will win the national popular vote for House races in November, I still estimate a 10% probability (and other forecasters, up to 25%) that Republicans will retain control. Why? Gerrymandering. More than anyone else, Tom Hofeller was responsible for the modern age of aggressive redistricting. He carried out this program […]

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Tags: House · Politics · Redistricting

Support the Princeton Gerrymandering Project!

August 1st, 2018, 12:00pm by Sam Wang

The Princeton Gerrymandering Project does nonpartisan analysis to understand and eliminate partisan gerrymandering at a state-by-state level. The Supreme Court acknowledged the validity of our math (see our great explainer video). Looking ahead, the strongest route to reform is at a state-by-state level—a federalist approach. Our interdisciplinary team aims to give activists and legislators the tools they need […]

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Tags: Princeton · 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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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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