Tag Archives: Hands-Off Redistricting

Gerrymandering, Cities and Economic Growth

Brenton Mock has a must-read article in The Atlantic’s CityLab exploring how state-level gerrymandering consistently short-changes the priorities of people who live in cities. It is an important point, but while we worry about the unfairness of it all, we … Continue reading

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How do we get rid of Gerrymandering?

A new follower of this blog from Texas wrote me recently asking what he could do to help get rid of Gerrymandering. It is a really good question- one that I wish I could answer better. But let me take … Continue reading

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LLoyd Doggett and the Winnebago District

In a recent post I related the four primary tools in the gerrymanderer’s toolkit, as defined in an informative Propublica piece: Kidnapping, Cracking, Packing and Hijacking. Astonishingly, all four of these tactics have been employed against a single congressman, Lloyd … Continue reading

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Hands-Off Redistricting Strategies

“Hands-Off” has a “Strategy”? Having argued the case that Congressional districts should be drawn in a hands-off way, it may seem contradictory to write about “strategies” for redistricting.  But the strategies I am thinking about today don’t have to do … Continue reading

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Is OPRA a Deterministic or Probabilistic Problem?

An almost universal pair of comments I get from readers so far has been a combination of two observations: 1. Wow, there is so much (social-political and mathematical) complexity to Hands-Off Redistricting! 2. Isn’t there a way to have a computer figure … Continue reading

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A good idea, but is it possible to bring about?

From the posting of the YouTube video HandsOffRedistricting V1 I’ve already received some very thoughtful and interesting responses.  Most were by email so I’ll anonymize the names, but there was a common thread in many of them: I don’t see a … Continue reading

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Getting Underway

Like many Americans who pay attention, it grates on me to watch the brazen and corrosive politics behind the drawing of Congressional district boundaries. The political gains to be had from gerrymandering Congressional districts are not going to go away, … Continue reading

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