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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 but declined to act. 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 to detect offenses and craft bulletproof, bipartisan reform. Our analysis is published widely, and our work is used by legislators and reformers of all communities, without regard to partisan affiliation.

In the next few years, the Princeton Gerrymandering Project has the following goals:

  • State Reports: We will prepare reports that include demonstration maps, as well as statistical and legal analyses to help good-government groups craft lasting reform strategies.
  • Improved Communication: We will show statisticians how to advance reform, activists how to write foolproof laws, and lawyers how to create arguments backed by mathematical rigor.
  • PGP OpenPrecincts: Currently, there is no central repository of precinct-level geographic data from across the country available to the public. This data has to be collected from thousands of counties nationwide. We will provide this data to the public, through a combination of our own data-gathering and data-cleaning efforts, as well as coordinating the activities of civic technologists nationwide. The information will be provided to the public through portals that will allow them to use the data to evaluate plans and to draw their own maps.

The Princeton Gerrymandering Project relies entirely on the financial support of private donors and foundations in order to continue our efforts through 2021. Contributions to the Princeton Gerrymandering Project are tax deductible.

Ways to give:

Checks should be made payable to “Trustees of Princeton University” and mailed to Sam Wang, Princeton Gerrymandering Project, Neuroscience Institute, Washington Road, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544.

A cover letter should be attached indicating that the gift is “for the exclusive use of the Princeton Gerrymandering Project.”

Credit Card gifts can be made using Princeton University’s Make a Gift Online(link is external) portal. Please be sure to include in the “comments” section of the online form that the gift is “For the exclusive use of the Princeton Gerrymandering Project – (PN0019) Account 24400-B0996-FA508”.

Wire Transfers (domestic or international) should be payable in U.S. dollars. Please notify us by email at gerrymander@princeton.edu in advance of your intent to wire funds so that we may provide you with the bank receiving instructions.

For more information on how to structure gifts or bequests to the Princeton Gerrymandering Project, please contact Prof. Sam Wang at (609) 258-0388 or by email at sswang@princeton.edu.

Thank you for your support!

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