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RepresentUs, the leading nonpartisan anti-corruption organization, is partnering with the eminent Princeton Gerrymandering Project to produce the Redistricting Report Card, which uses a powerful and unique set of analytics to grade each state’s newly-drawn maps during the redistricting process. The project’s launch comes as the U.S. Census Bureau delivers population data to states on August 12, allowing states to begin drawing voting maps that will be in place for the next decade.
Gerrymandering is a form of political corruption in which politicians manipulate voting maps to pick their own voters, suppress competition, and control election outcomes. Due to technological improvements in map-drawing and shifts in demography, gerrymandering is becoming harder to detect just by looking at a map. In response, the Princeton team developed a powerful new scoring pipeline — which didn’t exist 10 years ago during the last redistricting cycle — to help identify unfair, gerrymandered maps.
The Redistricting Report Card utilizes an algorithm that generates 1 million districting plans for each state. The tool compares maps against the full range of possibilities — both good and bad — and issues grades. The Redistricting Report Card grades maps on competitiveness, geography, and most robustly, partisan fairness. The tool will grade map proposals from legislatures, redistricting commissions, and even alternative maps produced by reform groups.
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