The geography of nested political districts in New York City.

Authors: Robert Abugel*, Hunter College - City University, Shipeng Sun, Hunter College - City University
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Political Geography
Keywords: GIS, Gerrymandering, New York City, D3
Session Type: Guided Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Roosevelt 3.5, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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In the United States, citizens are represented by multiple politicians from the federal, state, county, and to the local levels. New Yorkers have even more such representatives because of the large population size. The various political districts for these representatives segment the City of New York into numerous sub districts where governance is shared among different offices, including United States Congress, New York State Senate, New York State Assembly, New York City Council, Community Districts, and Borough Presidents. This research studies how different levels of government share constituents across the city. Specifically, it examines how politicians work with others who share their constituents and what their relationship are based on the number of voters that they share and the socioeconomic and political characteristics of those voters. The study also visualizes all the different levels of political districts using open sources GIS software and visualization packages that would allow further exploration on the findings. The results from the study could provide insights into the redistricting practice in New York City and possibly help address the issue of Gerrymandering in the city across multiple levels of government. The study is looking at congruence between the different districts.

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