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Different US Election Maps Tell ‘Different Versions of the Truth’ | WIRED
ON MAY 11, 2017, a reporter named Trey Yingst, who covers the White House for the conservative news network OANN, tweeted a photo of a framed map of the United States being carried into the West Wing. The map depicted the 2016 election results county-by-county, as a blanket of red, marked with flecks of blue and peachy pink along the West Coast and a thin snake of blue extending from the northeast to Louisiana.
It was a portrait of the country on election night, but on Twitter, it was also a Rorschach test.
https://twitter.com/TreyYingst/status/862669407868391424
election  politics  gerrymandering  visualization  gov2.0  data  maps 
21 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Different US Election Maps Tell ‘Different Versions of the Truth’
Issie Lapowsky, writing for Wired:
Conservatives replying to Yingst’s tweet interpreted the expanse of red as proof of their party’s dominance throughout all levels of government. Liberals viewed the map as a distortion, masking the fact that most of that redness covers sparsely populated land, with relatively few voters.
In reality, both sides are right, says Ken Field. A self-proclaimed “cartonerd,” Field is a product engineer at the mapping software company Esri and author of a guidebook for mapmakers called Cartography. The problem, he says, isn’t with people’s partisan interpretation of the map. The problem is believing that any single map can ever tell the whole story. “People see maps of any type, and particularly election maps, as the result, the outcome, but there are so many different types of maps available that can portray results in shades of the truth,” Field says. “It’s a question of the level of detail that people are interested in understanding.”
Really interesting examples of data visualization in this piece.
daring_fireball  election  politics  gerrymandering  visualization  gov2.0  data  maps 
21 days ago by rgl7194
Rural Americans dominate politics
Details of how various forms of electoral math benefit rural areas and thus Republicans
america  democracy  voting  gerrymandering  electoralcollege 
4 weeks ago by nelson
"I-cut-you-choose" cake-cutting protocol inspires solution to gerrymandering • Carnegie Mellon University
Byron Spice:
<p>Getting two political parties to equitably draw congressional district boundaries can seem hopeless, but Carnegie Mellon University researchers say the process can be improved by using an approach children use to share a piece of cake.

Just as having one child cut the cake and giving the second child first choice of the pieces avoids either feeling envious, having two political parties sequentially divide up a state in an "I-Cut-You-Freeze" protocol would minimize the practice of gerrymandering, where a dominant political party draws districts to maximize its electoral advantage.

The CMU protocol, developed by Ariel Procaccia, associate professor of computer science, and Wesley Pegden, associate professor of mathematical sciences, is the first to allow a fair division of a state into political districts without independent agents.

It calls for one political party to divide a map of a state into the allotted number of districts, each with equal numbers of voters. Then the second party would choose one district to "freeze," so no further changes could be made to it, and re-map the remaining districts as it likes.</p>


Obvious, and so effective when you think about it. This should be encoded into law.
cake  politics  gerrymandering 
6 weeks ago by charlesarthur
Twitter
One of the first cases heard during the Term that just ended was the WI case, in which the…
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7 weeks ago by kohlmannj
Supreme Court dodges gerrymandering case
Such a shame, this case is super important to the near-term future of our republic
america  politics  gerrymandering  supremecourt 
9 weeks ago by nelson
Angus Johnston on Twitter: "This morning, the Supreme Court ruled that citizens challenging partisan gerrymandering...
This morning, the Supreme Court ruled that citizens challenging partisan gerrymandering of Wisconsin's legislative districts hadn't proven they had grounds to sue. I want to say a little bit about the ruling, because it's gonna be a big deal going forward.
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9 weeks ago by coslinks

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