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Plenary Talk: Once in a Decade Opportunity to Address Gerrymandering

[Online] Workshop on Mathematics and Racial Justice June 09, 2021 - June 18, 2021

June 17, 2021 (11:15 AM PDT - 12:15 PM PDT)
Speaker(s): Stephanie Somersille (Somersille Math Education Services)
Location: MSRI: Online/Virtual
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Once a decade issues of fair representation in government come to the forefront and that time is now. The census numbers were just released in April and the process of allocation and redrawing district lines has begun. In the first part of this talk, we will give a brief overview of gerrymandering and the voting rights act and introduce the new Geometry and Election Outcome (GEO) metric. This metric is unique in that it uses both election data and map data to quantify gerrymandering.

For the second part of the talk we will discuss alternate voting processes which may better approach the ideal of “one person one vote”.

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