Making Partisan Gerrymandering Fair: One Old and Two New Methods

Steven J. Brams

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    Objective: To introduce a novel way to make partisan gerrymandering fair. Methods: In the context of two parties, divide a state into two geographical areas, each of which contain a number of districts that are roughly proportional to the share of the statewide vote received by each party in the last congressional elections. Allow each party to unilaterally design the districts in a designated area of the state, restricted only by traditional districting principles. Adaptations may be made to account for more than two parties. Results: Each party gerrymanders but is limited to doing so in its designated area of the state, with results that are roughly proportional to the statewide vote. Conclusion: “Fair gerrymandering” is a way to counter unfair partisan gerrymandering and it is likely to reduce the number of uncontested elections and increase voter turnout.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)68-72
    Number of pages5
    JournalSocial Science Quarterly
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


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    • Social Sciences(all)

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