Today’s post was written by John Curiel, research scientist at the MIT Election Data and Science Lab.

America’s multilayered system of governments and administrative jurisdictions creates some of the most complex combinations of ballots among Western industrialized democracies, with the U.S. Census finding over 89,000 governmental sub-state governments.

Proper representation and administration of these local governments depend on the fair administration of elections. However, most of these governments are not perfectly nested within each other, necessitating potentially thousands of different ballots to account for the variation.

As an illustration of the problem, consider the Congressional districts around the greater Philadelphia…

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