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Drawing Outside the District Lines

by Daniel Castro

Every 10 years, following the decennial census, states redraw district boundaries to ensure that Congress and state legislatures represent the electorate. This process is prone to political gamesmanship as elected officials draw district lines in ways that protect incumbents or make their party more competitive without consideration of the impact it has on voters. The worst offenses have been found in states where a single party controls the state legislature and can unilaterally push through a partisan map. While states have proposed various independent commissions to lessen partisan fights over the design of these maps, the best solution might be to simply take humans out of the loop, and put an algorithm in charge.

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