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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 of opportunity and outcome can be applied under state constitutions to bring lawsuits. There are multiple tests, and we put them together into a single framework. Like a Swiss Army knife, we hope that our approach can be used all over the nation – in North Carolina, in Maryland, and elsewhere. Our contest entry is available as a preprint, and is accepted for publication at the Election Law Journal.

In addition to our entry, second prize goes to Michael D. McDonald’s team at SUNY Binghamton. Third prize goes to John Curiel and Tyler Steelman at University of North Carolina. Congratulations to all!

This is a win for the Princeton Gerrymandering Project. We’ve been hard at work on two fronts: (a) establishing a state-by-state approach to fair representation, and (b) building an open datahub and linking it to software for all Americans to participate in redistricting. Today’s win contributes to the state-by-state approach.

For the datahub, we have made considerable progress as well – that’s going to be huge. More to say on that topic another day…

Tags: Redistricting

2 Comments so far ↓

  • ArcticStones

    Congratulations! Very heartening to see that the Gerrymandering Project is getting much-deserved recognition, and even more attention.

    My sincere hope is that the courts, and a new crop of state legislators, will soon be basing decisions and legislation on the clear principles and standards that you have drawn up.

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