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Wanted: Honest Algorithms For Voter Redistricting
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Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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8/8/2014 | 12:04:18 AM
Re: What about existing boundaries, like town and counties?
I live in Massachusetts, where gerrymandering was invented by Governor Elbridge Gerry in 1812. The county barriers hereabouts are at least as absurd as the Florida congressional districts. Norfolk County, where I live, isn't even contiguous, and I have to go out to Elvis County when jury duty turns up. But, at least it's human malfeasance; I hope they never turn these sorts of decisions over to computers.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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8/7/2014 | 6:00:07 PM
Re: What about existing boundaries, like town and counties?
Honestly, I don't even like the minority representation thing. Every elected official should have to get elected under his or her own power.
D. Henschen
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8/7/2014 | 5:58:09 PM
What about existing boundaries, like towns and counties?
Political gamesmanship is excessive on both sides of the aisle. Just like the tax code, election structures need to be greatly simplified and stick with real boundaries, not demographic engineering zones.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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8/7/2014 | 3:00:58 PM
Using redistricting optimizing algorithms for good rather than evil
Redistricting reform shouldn't be a partisan issue. As an admitted lefty, I once gave a speech about the Florida redistricting initiative to a Toastmasters group that included a Tea Party enthusiast, who told me my message made perfect sense to him. (Whether he later decided to vote against it for partisan reasons, I don't know).

What I'm arguing for here is an objective rule, clear enough to be expressed in software, that works the same way whether your favored party is in power or not. Is that too much to ask?
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