Tag Archives: OPRA

Barack Obama and Eric Holder take on Gerrymandering

One of the intriguing sub-themes to emerge from the 2016 elections is the news, first reported by Politico, that President Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder intend to focus their future political efforts on a broad-based Democratic Party program … 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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A GIS analysis of Gerrymandering compared to OPRA

I ran across a very interesting blog post by a creative GIS specialist named Blake Harvey, on his Geo Ideas blog. In it, he proposed a formula for measuring gerrymandering, and he proposed this ranking for states based on his … 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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