Voting bill seeks to crack down on gerrymandering
“The new bill is really, really clear to the point of being mechanical,” Nick Stephanopoulos, a professor at Harvard Law School, said. Stephanopoulos, a co-creator of the efficiency gap, has used the formula to rank more than 50 years’ worth of redistricting maps. “Relatively extreme maps historically have been over 7 percent,” he said, making it a figure that would capture “the worst roughly 20 percent or so of maps” produced in the last five decades. Indeed, many current maps would have been immediately put on ice under the standards in the bill according to analysis from the Campaign Legal Center, which analyzed current boundaries using both formulas.
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