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

Image of three different maps of North Carolina, with different districts.
Courtesy of Jonathan Mattingly
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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.

 

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Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.