Drawing congressional district boundaries can be complicated.
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Most methods of determining whether electoral maps are fair require a lot of math and some tough computation. But there is an easier way.
Who will be represented in Congress?
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State legislatures, which will draw congressional districts that last through 2030, are dominated by the GOP.
In ancient Athens, most government officials were selected at random from among citizens eligible to fill the positions.
To overhaul an election redistricting process tainted by gerrymandering, Michigan has adopted a governance mechanism prominent 2,500 years ago in ancient Athens, the birthplace of democracy.
A small sliver of a congressional district in Pennsylvania crossed four counties, on a map that was ruled to be a partisan gerrymandering plan.
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When voters in November pick among the candidates for state legislatures, they are choosing the people who will make the new electoral maps for congressional elections.
A worker follows up during the 2020 census test run in Providence, R.I.
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The 2020 census and congressional apportionment have dominated the headlines in recent months. What could it all mean for the average American voter?
Demonstrators gather outside the U.S. Supreme Courthouse in Washington, D.C., April 23, 2019.
The political implications of the citizenship question made this case politically volatile and controversial – even for the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court is empty days before the justices vote to on the U.S. gerrymandering case.
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The Supreme Court has issued what's likely to be its final word on partisan gerrymandering, saying it's a political issue, not a legal one. That means reform lies in the hands of voters.
People waited outside the Supreme Court in 2013 to listen to the Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder voting rights case.
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When no one in Mississippi wins a majority of votes in an election, the legislature chooses the winner. This has led to white men winning over and over.
Activists at the Supreme Court opposed to partisan gerrymandering hold up representations of congressional districts from North Carolina, left, and Maryland, right.
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Supreme Court justices have previously called statistical methods of measuring partisan gerrymandering 'sociological gobbledygook' and 'a bunch of baloney.'
Idaho State Capitol in Boise, Idaho.
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The majority of US state legislatures are controlled by Republicans because legislative districts are drawn to favor them. Voters are catching on, but change will be slow.
Last March, demonstrators rallied in front of the Supreme Court before oral arguments on Benisek v. Lamone, a redistricting case.
Many states are arguing over how to draw district lines. But drawing legislative district lines is an exercise in tradeoffs.
The word ‘gerrymandering’ comes from the name of Elbridge Gerry, Massachusetts governor in the 1800s.
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Judges in North Carolina just threw out the state's congressional district map. The decision could have major implications for the future of partisan gerrymandering across the US.
Illinois’s Fourth Congressional District is often called out for its ‘earmuff’ shape, but there’s an ideal behind its strange appearance.
Gerrymandered districts are under fire across the US. But a weird district shape isn't necessarily a bad one.
How can geometry track with our political values?
Gerrymandering is being hotly debated around the US. Can math help us figure out how to divide the country up fairly?
One person, one vote.
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In an upcoming case about Wisconsin's voting districts, the Supreme Court will tackle legal questions that have long gone unanswered.
Incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., won reelection.
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State legislators in 18 states are intentionally drawing congressional boundaries to favor their party, according to experts who ran thousands of simulations using open-source mapping software.
The outside is being renovated, but what about the inside?
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