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One Way To Spot A Partisan Gerrymander | FiveThirtyEight

On March 26, challengers to North Carolina’s congressional map will argue before the Supreme Court that it is a partisan gerrymander — that is, the district boundaries were drawn to benefit one political party, the GOP, in a way that violates the Constitution. The challengers are using a variety of quantitative tools to make their argument, including a metric called “partisan bias” that tries to evaluate how skewed a map is by looking at the...

url: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/partisan-gerrymandering-north-carolina/

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The Problem With Our Democracy Isn't Gerrymandering. It's Integers

As everyone knows, the U.S. Congress has grown increasingly un-representative. We have states where the population is evenly split among Democrats and Republications, but where–thanks to partisan gerrymandering–the number of House members is grossly skewed in favor of one party. Even without gerrymandering, voters for the losing side in many House districts feel, justifiably, that they have no representation in Congress.

url: https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensalzberg/2018/11/12/the-problem-with-our-democracy-isnt-gerrymandering-its-integers/#107069bc899c

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Gerrymandering - 99% Invisible

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The way we draw our political districts has a huge effect on U.S. politics, but the process is also greatly misunderstood. Gerrymandering has become a scapegoat for what’s wrong with the polarized American political system, blamed for marginalizing groups and rigging elections, but there’s no simple, one-size-fits-all design solution for drawing fair districts.

url: https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/gerrymandering/

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Democrats Must Become America’s Anti-Gerrymandering Party | The Nation

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American democracy is not working. We have a president who lost the popular vote by almost 3 million ballots, a Congress that reflects gerrymandered district lines rather than the will of the people, and a voting system that discourages rather than encourages the high turnouts that are needed to
achieve a genuinely representative democracy.

url: https://www.thenation.com/article/democrats-must-become-americas-anti-gerrymandering-party/

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Death to the Gerrymander: Paul Smith might defeat unconstitutional redistricting.

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It has become painfully clear in recent years that partisan gerrymandering is one of American democracy’s worst illnesses. Although the Supreme Court held decades ago that the purpose of redistricting was to ensure “fair and effective representation for all citizens,” legislators often use the process to lock the minority party out of power. Both Democrats and Republicans deploy partisan gerrymandering to dilute votes for their opponents, ...

url: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/01/death_to_the_gerrymander_paul_smith_might_defeat_unconstitutional_redistricting.html

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Meet the Math Professor Who’s Fighting Gerrymandering With Geometry - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Moon Duchin is an associate professor of math and director of the Science, Technology and Society program at Tufts. She realized last year that some of her research about metric geometry could be applied to gerrymandering — the practice of manipulating the shape of electoral districts to benefit a specific party, which is widely seen as a major contributor to government dysfunction.

url: http://www.chronicle.com/article/Meet-the-Math-Professor/239260/

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All About Redistricting

All About Redistricting: Professor Justin Levitt's guide to drawing the electoral lines Redistricting is the way in which we adjust the districts that determine who represents us. Most of our federal legislators, all of our state legislators, and many of our local legislators in towns and counties are elected from districts. These districts divide states and the people who live there into geographical territories. Districts are occasionally the same size as the whole jurisdiction: members of a local school board, for example, may each be elected from...

url: http://redistricting.lls.edu/

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One Virginia 2021

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In 2013, a small group of concerned citizens came together in Charlottesville, Virginia, to discuss the status of redistricting efforts in the Commonwealth. From that meeting, a new coalition emerged. Now called OneVirginia2021: Virginians for Fair Redistricting, the organization brings together concerned citizens from all over the Commonwealth to reenergize forces for fair, non-partisan redistricting. That energy must infuse citizens, not just...

url: http://onevirginia2021.org/

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Court strikes down Va. congressional map

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A panel of federal judges in Virginia struck down the state’s congressional map on Tuesday, arguing that the GOP-controlled state legislature’s decision to pack African-Americans into the 3rd Congressional District, which is represented by Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott, was motivated purely by race — a violation of the 14th Amendment.

url: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/10/court-strikes-down-va-congressional-map-111677.html?cmpid=sf#ixzz3FVQZxs5U

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