Monthly Archives: November 2013

What can I do? Here’s something that takes 10 minutes!

Gerrymandering is obviously an obstacle to getting reasonable representative government. It’s going to take a long time and a lot of work to fix, and the special interests will not go quietly. It can be daunting to even think about … Continue reading

Posted in Ohio, Politics of Redistricting | 3 Comments

Gerrymandering: Best Practices

Though admittedly not a very recent article, Redistricting: A Devil’s Dictionary by Olga Pierce, Jeff Larson and Lois Beckett in Propublica gives an interesting summary of the insiders’ terms for tactics for manipulating Congressional District boundaries for partisan purposes. One gets the impression that anyone … Continue reading

Posted in Politics of Redistricting, Propublica | 2 Comments

Is Gerrymandering getting worse?

As I was doing research for a future post, I came across this project website by Jeffrey B. Lewis, Brandon DeVine, Lincoln Pitcher, and Kenneth C. Martis, researchers at UCLA, that is a great source for historical Congressional District boundaries. What … Continue reading

Posted in Politics of Redistricting, Texas | 2 Comments

Rolling Stone on the Republicans

There’s a searing article in Rolling Stone this week by Tim Dickinson, detailing the long list of Republican party efforts to frustrate the will of the American voter, featuring (you guessed it) their extensive, well-funded hi-tech efforts to rig redistricting. … Continue reading

Posted in Politics of Redistricting, Rolling Stone, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Brian Olson’s approach to Hands-Off Redistricting

I ended my last post with a reference to Brian Olson and the work he is doing to test and implement Hands-Off Redistricting algorithms of various kinds, and the success he seems to be having with his most recent work. … Continue reading

Posted in Boundary mathematics, Brian Olson, california, north carolina, OPRA | 2 Comments

Hands-Off Redistricting and Minority Voices

One of the most common responses I get to the idea of Hands-Off Redistricting is that – though people are uniformly disgusted with gerrymandering – they are concerned that automated approaches might lead to their own set of unintentional injustices. … Continue reading

Posted in Boundary mathematics, Brian Olson, Gay rights, minority rights, OPRA, Politics of Redistricting, Texas | 3 Comments