16

One alternative is to let a totally impartial computer decide, based purely on census data and geography, with no details about the political (or other) makeup of the population. Brian Olsen's open source census-based B-districting algorithm aims for: Across all districts and all people, The best district map is the one where people have the lowest ...


15

One attempt that many states in the United States are trying to adopt is to take the power for creating districts out of the hands of elected political officials. Today, in most states the districts are drawn by the state assemblies and obviously they will draw the boundaries in the most advantageous way for their own party's reelection. This became even ...


4

The following two papers suggest a solution: A fair division solution to the problem of redistricting Fair Division and Redistricting The main idea is: instead of letting the governing party redistrict the entire state, let each of the two parties redistrict half of the state. Thus, gerrymandering is still possible, but the advantages of gerrymandering are ...


4

It is possible to eliminate redistricting altogether. Redistricting is caused by geographic districts, which are inherently unfair: A third to half of the voters in a district are disenfranchised because their candidate loses. So no one reflecting their beliefs represents them. If you have districts that minimize boundary crossing, then the more ...


3

There are three main reasons for such big cost overruns: People are generally sucky at estimates of time or money. I'm intimately familiar with that from software engineering project management side, but most of the issues aren't specific to programming. Anyone thinking X will take N days and M dollars should budget 3X days and 4X dollars. If you are trying ...


2

One proposed way for the House of Representatives is to abolish districts altogether and go with Proportional Representation. Say we have the Bull Moose Party (BM), The Federalists (Fers), The Whigs (Wig), and The Prohibition Party (Pro) running in Maryland, which has 8 house seats. There would be two races in which the first one was for party ...


2

The state of Iowa has some standard guidelines and criteria for drawing the voting district lines. Implementing those guidelines and criteria are done by a non-partisan board. That's the key. Not bi-partisan, or partisan, but non-partisan. Iowa redistricting takes partisanship out of mapmaking - The Boston Globe


1

Cross-posting from: What is the proper (non-"Gerrymandering") purpose of political districting? First of all, let me restate your assumptions: "districts are useful" and "Gerrymandering is improper". I agree with both, but several people could argue (specially with the first one). So let us take them as axioms for this answer. The reason why ...


1

Washington State assigns the task of coming up with state and federal legislative districts to a small committee. In practice, it consists of two Democrats and two Republicans. If they fail to agree on districts, the task is assigned to the State Supreme Court. Also, the number of ways that districts can be gerrymandered is minimized by having the same ...


1

Government contracts typically fall into two primary categories: Fixed Price Contracts Time and Materials Contracts As one can deduce from the names, a fixed price contract is just that - the vendor is given a certain amount of money, and and imposes fines and penalties if the desired bridge, software, space ship, whatever isn't delivered on time. The ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible