have to admire about gerrymandering: It’s got some wicked slang.
I’d love it if a tech firm with a huge footprint—Google, Facebook, I’m looking at you—would take that idea mainstream and bring gerrymandering into the public consciousness. Possibly one with an outcome you could email to your representatives. “My God, we’ve been just amazed at the response,” she says.Actually, tech could fight gerrymandering in a lot of ways.This skulduggery relies on geometry, geography, and demographic tables, precisely the domains where math nerds can give us clarity.Recently, Moon Duchin, a mathematician at Tufts University, realized her research in geometry—figuring out the average distances between points in various shapes—had a bearing on “compactness,” the legislative definition of what makes a fair district.Add up all the waste by party statewide, then take the difference between the two numbers as a percentage of votes cast—that’s the efficiency gap.
Yes, other factors could be at work—population change, let’s say. A judge could verify the calculations with a pencil and paper.
But in general, the bigger the gap, the more gerrymandered the state. Indeed, the efficiency gap has already scored one major victory.
In November a federal court relied in part on that formula to determine that Republicans had gerrymandered Wisconsin. The data age is likely to spell trouble for gerrymandering.
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“It’s becoming increasingly difficult for them to believe that the earth is only 6,000 years old and that gives much more importance to the A.
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