Political Gerrymandering

 


Political Gerrymandering: (Part 5) The Ohio Redistricting Competition

by Professor Will Huhn on June 26, 2010

in Constitutional Law,Equal Protection,Freedom of Speech,Wilson Huhn

In 2009 the Ohio Secretary of State's office under Jennifer Brunner helped to host a public competition to draw fair, nonpartisan congressional legislative districts for the State of Ohio. The results were remarkable.

There was no cost to entering the competition, and competitors were offered free training and software. To qualify, plans had to have roughly equal population in each district, all election districts had to be contiguous (single units), and there had to be one district where African-Americans constitute a majority of the voters in accordance with the Voting Rights Act. Plans that qualified were evaluated on the basis the four following criteria:

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