Drawing lots of lines

The other day, I asked Roger this: “What would be the one change you’d most like to see in the governance of the State of New York?” His response:

Generally, I disdain term limits, because I believe philosophically the people should be able to elect who they want. But I also recognize that the state legislature gets to pick the gerrymandered boundaries of the state legislature.

I like the idea of a truly independent board that would redraw the lines every ten years, pretty much ignoring the previous boundaries, and primarily paying attention to finding the population balance, still with some consideration of neighborhoods, would be nice. I just don’t know what that looks like.

Neither do I. But it would definitely be nice to find out.

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5 comments »

  1. McGehee »

    27 March 2016 · 12:03 pm

    In my opinion, a computer program that is told only where people are and where major highways, railroads, rivers and city and county boundary lines are, would be best.

    Data that could suggest race, religion, income, and political leanings should be banned by law from consideration in redistricting.

  2. fillyjonk »

    27 March 2016 · 12:15 pm

    What McGehee said. A good GIS* program could do a more-objective method of drawing boundaries than ANY human board.

    (*Geographic Information System, for those unfamiliar. They don’t just make maps; they can also perform analyses like, “create 6 state senate districts of roughly equal population size and a minimum of goofy looking inclusions”)

  3. jsallison »

    27 March 2016 · 2:31 pm

    I should be able to draw a straight line from any point on a political boundary to any other point on that same political boundary without going outside the area bounded. Only exception would be for state borders.

  4. Roger Green »

    28 March 2016 · 5:33 am

    Oh, I know it’s TECHNICALLY possible. I don’t know what it’d look like in my state Or likely, in yours.

  5. Roger Green »

    29 March 2016 · 9:19 am

    And it won’t happen in Maryland either: http://hotair.com/archives/2016/03/29/democrats-are-the-major-roadblock-to-congressional-redistricting-reform-in-maryland/

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