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Research about redistricting
I’ve posted a fair amount here about Utah’s redistricting process, including some stuff showing that maybe it has less effect on Utah’s election results than some claim (see here and here and here and here and here). Today at The … Continue reading
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Nationwide, single member districts hurt Democrats
No matter who controls the Utah Legislature, it will be hard for Democrats to win as many legislative seats in Utah as their popular vote might suggest. I wrote recently that single member districts hurt the minority party, whatever the … Continue reading
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Did gerrymandering produce Republican gains in the Utah Legislature?
Single member districts are always going to give the minority party fewer seats than votes, and the disparity gets larger as the minority party gets smaller. I wrote last week that the 2013 Utah Legislature will be the second-most Republican … Continue reading
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Redistricting is not expected to change the partisan balance of Congress
They conclude that Utah did not experience a partisan gerrymander of its US House seats. In a painstaking state-by-state analysis of all 435 U.S. House seats, some sharp political scientists predict that the 2011 redistricting round will have no net … Continue reading
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Be careful with district maps
Media outlets would be wise to verify that they have the correct district maps. I’m just now catching up on all the news from the past few days. It looks like people might be a little confused about district maps. … Continue reading
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Cage match: Fred Cox and Janice Fisher
On close votes, Fred Cox and Janice Fisher disagree 57% of the time. Update: I produced a new “cage match” post in July 2012 comparing Cox and Fisher. I encourage you to read that one, as this one is now … Continue reading
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Are citizens involved in redistricting?
Every single person who has proposed a redistricting map is male. Utah’s redistricting committee has invited any citizen to create their own redistricting map and publish it at RedistrictUtah.com. The site went live a few weeks ago. The first citizen … Continue reading
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What are the conflicts between representation and redistricting?
Certain segments of Utah’s political class advocate for a rural-urban mix for the new congressional districts. The argument sounds something like the following: “It would be horrible for Utah to not have all Congressional seats invested in both the rural … Continue reading
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How badly were legislative districts gerrymandered in 2001?
Although Democrats win 30% of the Utah House votes statewide but only 23% of the seats, we cannot conclude that partisan gerrymandering is to blame. If you add up all the votes cast for Utah House candidates statewide in 2010, … Continue reading
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Redistricting backgrounders – What have we learned?
Over the past few weeks, we’ve posted a ridiculous amount of research about the redistricting process here in Utah. What have we learned? Here’s the Cliff Notes version. Looking back: How has Utah’s population grown since 2000? Utah’s population is … Continue reading →