9/6/18 – Who Draws the Districts?

This November, Coloradans will vote on two ballot initiatives that would dramatically improve how political maps are drawn in our state.

Learn about redistricting reform in Colorado on Thursday, September 6 from 5 – 7 PM at the Irish Snug in Denver.

Every 10 years, states re-draw the boundaries of congressional and legislative districts in a process called redistricting. This is done to reflect changes in population and ensure that everyone is fairly represented.

Unfortunately, politicians have hijacked the redistricting process to create districts that give their party an unfair advantage.

If passed, Amendments Y and Z will create independent redistricting commissions in our state. These commissions will be made up of everyday Coloradans – not politicians – and will create political districts that fairly and equitably represent the communities in our state.

This event is free and open to everyone. Light refreshments will be served and drinks are available for purchase. The Irish Snug is wheelchair accessible.

Redistricting & Gerrymandering

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  1. We need to start with a state law that forbids more than 6 sides to any district and only 90-degree angles can be used at the corners. When it is time to redistrict, the district borders can be adjusted to equalize the number of citizens in each district. Any process that doesn’t include such a rule will end up being a power struggle to re-gerrymander by carving out individual neighborhoods with squiggly lines.

    How in the world can this process be removed from politics if the committee has equal numbers of GOP, Dems, and indies? The indies are going to lean one way or other and there will be brawling to see who can get the majority of them on their side.

  2. I have two crackpot (no not that crack and that pot) for redistricting. the first is a fair division algorithm. You recall the old You cut and I choose approach that mom’s used to quell size of cake arguments, well there are analogs in math (cf “how to cut a cake fairly” the problem is more complex when n>2) what if you let major parties take turns selecting precincts.to go into districts. The current system is like letting the Eagles get the first 7 draft pick then the patriots getting the next 7 with the browns getting the last 7 .

    An even more crack pottery idea is to use a variation of the Roth kidney transplant matching algorithm.( it’s a bit more complex otherwise I wouldn’t be interested in researching it). Essentially A set of precincts that are dissatisfied with who represents them can move to another district if they can find offsetting precincts that total similar size and are contiguous that want to move into other districts.. ( cf group incentive compatibility in a market with indivisible goods)

  3. For decades Iowa has relied on computerized districts. Legislature mandated “common interests, shared boundaries…etc..”. The non-partisan Legislative Service Bureau’s computer geeks write the program. The Legislature is presented with 3 options with districts clearly defined. They vote…they can turn down either of the first two. If no agreement, the third automatically is adopted.

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