FiveThirtyEight takes a comprehensive look at the mapping possibilities for every congressional district in the nation. None of the maps would pass legal muster though. At best, the Atlas of Redistricting is a rough thought experiment that can give us a good idea of what different redistricting priorities produce on a map – – just in very very broad brushstrokes. read more.
Republicans appeal congressional map partisan gerrymander decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a long-shot bid, Republicans appeal the state supreme court’s decision and order to redraw the state’s 18 congressional districts. If the Supreme Court accepts, the case would join Maryland, North Carolina and Wisconsin’s partisan gerrymander cases on the court’s docket. read more in Associate Press, Scotusblog.
Last week, Republicans successfully petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to stall a federal court order to redraw its congressional map after the court found it be an illegal partisan gerrymander. So why not try the tactic again? This week, lawmakers submitted an emergency petition to the Supreme Court, looking to keep a lower federal court’s replacement map – drawn by a special master – from becoming the state’s official congressional district map. read more in: Scotusblog, AP.
Will Mathematicians Bring a New Era for Redistricting?
Maybe. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced this week that he will enlist Tufts University professor Moon Duchin, to evaluate redistricting maps for fairness. No word on whether “mathematical” fairness equals “political” fairness. Duchin is also the founder of Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group, whose stated mission is “to study applications of geometry and computing to U.S. redistricting.”
Maybe California Can Teach Michigan A Thing Or Two About Nonpartisan Redistricting
Listen to this Michigan NPR interview with Peter Yao, a Republican member of California’s Independent Redistricting Commission.