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Towards a Less Divided Politics: Solving the problem of uncompetitive electoral districts through geography

Authors: Jessica Craig*, Saint Cloud State University
Topics: Political Geography
Keywords: Political geography, GIS, gerrymandering
Session Type: Paper
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States must redraw election districts to address population shifts after census results are released every ten years. As Geographers, our role can play an important part in the elimination of partisan districting through mapping technology. Political geography is a well-established branch of geography, and specifically, gerrymandering has been the topic of a wide body of work. Drawing from research in political geography, federal and state court cases, maps from state capitol GIS departments, interviews with current legislators about the process, and other available information, I hope to show that as technology advances, sophisticated mapping platforms can aid in the elimination of partisan gerrymandering.

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