Maryland Judge Orders Legislative Leaders to Testify in Partisan Gerrymandering Case

Maryland – Nearly four years after Bethesda, Md. resident Stephen M. Shapiro and other Maryland voters filed a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit against Maryland’s congressional district map, a judge has ordered the Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates and the President of the Maryland Senate to testify in the case and turn over documents, rejecting […]

Supreme Court Orders Stay in North Carolina Redistricting Case

Washington DC – The full text of the order is below:   TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017 ORDER IN PENDING CASE 16A646 NORTH CAROLINA, ET AL. V. SANDRA LITTLE COVINGTON, ET AL. The application for stay of the order of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, case No. 1:15-CV-399, entered […]

Duke University Team Dabbles with Its Own Algorithm for Measuring Partisan Gerrymandering

North Carolina – It isn’t Efficiency Gap Analysis, but a team of mathematicians at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy have applied its own model (Markov Chain Monte Carlo method) to measuring the extent of partisan gerrymanders.  The algorithm produces maps with districts that have proven to be comparably more competitive than the actual […]

Judicial Watch to Defend Voters Challenging Constitutionality of Maryland’s Congressional Redistricting Maps

WASHINGTON, DC–( July 08, 2016) – A special, three-judge panel will consider a constitutional challenge to Maryland’s gerrymandered congressional district map on Tuesday, July 12. Judicial Watch Attorney Robert Popper will appear before the panel on behalf of voters from each of Maryland’s eight congressional districts. The plaintiffs challenging Maryland’s congressional district plan include Maryland […]

Olsen’s Algorithm: Computerized Redistricting for Maximum Compactness

This Washington Post article suggests that “compactness” trumps everything else in redistricting. It gives better outcomes than drawing lines around communities of interest and it beats the network of voting rights laws on the book. Take a look at what maps would look like if they were drawn for optimal compactness. Read more.

Redistricting from an Engineering Point of View

This Daily Kos article  shows just how easy redistricting can be by using simple geometry. No algorithm yet can tackle the various state and federal statutory requirements. Oh, and then there’s the constitution.    

Understanding Prison Gerrymandering and Its Cure: Prisoner Reallocation

Long overlooked in the context of redistricting, prisoners are counted by the U.S. Census Bureau as residents of the institutions they are incarcerated in. The goal of redistricting electoral boundaries at the state and local levels is to create equally populated districts that ensure every voter’s vote has equal weight in an election. A consensus […]