VFF: Gerrymandering in North Carolina (GIS Day)

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Friday, November 17, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Last year a court ruled that 28 legislative districts in North Carolina were unconstitutional racial gerrymanders, but few guidelines exist for determining when a gerrymander is too extreme. Researchers at Duke are working to fill this critical knowledge gap by using a simple mathematical framework based on criteria like population size and compactness to generate non-partisan districts. Professors Jonathan Mattingly and Greg Herschlag from the Department of Mathematics at Duke University will present their research on the topic, including an overview of the redistricting process and an in-depth view at the geospatial analyses involved in generating new districts and visualizing the results.