Overview of Deep Dive

Over the last year and a half, I’ve immersed myself in redistricting and partisan gerrymandering.

I’ve studied the mechanics of redistricting at the state level and redistricted North Carolina and Maryland by hand. I’ve dug into what partisan gerrymandering is fundamentally, discovered two distinctly different kinds, and thought hard about how to prevent it.

I’ve also looked the national implications of congressional redistricting and partisan gerrymandering.

Based on all this research, I’ve published several articles:

Future stories on my radar include:

  • A description of how to generate the high-level design of baseline congressional districts for a state; and
  • A description of how to transform the design into a detailed map and set of congressional districts, on the one hand, and how to compute comparative analytics for compactness, cohesiveness (described in the story on baseline districts), and roughly equal population, on the other.

As my background is in software, I may also explore implementing these processes in code. With the 2018 election and the 2020 Census and subsequent redistricting looming though, I may generate baseline districts for other high-profile states by hand first.

I welcome your feedback.

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