Gerrymandering and the shape of fairness
This site is devoted to the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group run by Moon Duchin on understanding apportionment, districting, and gerrymandering as problems at the intersection of law, civil rights, and mathematics (particularly metric geometry). Here is a partial reading list with a focus on shapes of U.S. Congressional Districts.
- Stay current with the very latest court decisions on redistricting.
- The ACLU’s pamphlet Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Redistricting (But Were Afraid to Ask!), updated 2010— this is a wonderful place to learn about some of the basic terms and notions.
- The Washington Post has a fantastic interactive feature with compactness scores for all US Congressional Districts.
- The geospatial application company Azavea has published a white paper on redistricting. (A good general introduction to different compactness measures but slightly mathematically buggy.)
We also maintain a shared dropbox with many more articles and teaching resources. Please e-mail email@example.com for access.