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In an excellent explainer, Patrick Honner lays out the math behind the argument. It's an important, smart and crisp way of describing how to fairly design electoral districts, and it could change the destiny of America and the world.
Start by imagining a state with 200 voters, of whom 100 are loyal to party A and 100 to party B. Let’s suppose the state needs to elect four representatives and so must create four districts of equal electoral size.
Imagine that you have the power to assign voters to any district you wish. If you favor party A, you might distribute the 100 A voters and 100 B voters into the four districts like this...
The Math Behind Gerrymandering and Wasted Votes [Patrick Honner/Wired]
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