Is Non-Partisan Redistricting Possible? A Former Judge And A Mathematician Think So

Feb 2, 2018

A side-by-side comparison of Congressional district maps from Duke mathematician Jonathan Mattingly. The top map is from 2012 and the middle map is from 2016. They were both created by Republican state lawmakers. The bottom map was created by Tom Ross's bipartisan commission of retired judges. To the right you can see the seats generated by these maps.
Credit Courtesy of Jonathan Mattingly

In the past few months, the courts have found fault with North Carolina’s state and congressional maps. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a lower court ruling that state legislative districts are unconstitutional because of racial gerrymandering, and last month a three-judge panel in federal court determined that there is partisan gerrymandering in the state’s congressional districts. 

Republicans in the General Assembly drew both sets of maps. As these two legal cases continue to make their way through courts, host Frank Stasio talks with two researchers working to create less partisan maps: Duke mathematician Jonathan Mattingly discusses the tool he created to determine partisan gerrymandering and Tom Ross, former judge and president emeritus of the University of North Carolina System, shares a simulation he created of a bipartisan, independent redistricting commission that was tasked with redrawing maps.

Find out more about Mattingly's work here. Find out more about Ross's work here.