Myers on the CommonCensus Project and Redistricting

Thanks to KQED’s John Myers of the Capitol Notes blog for the link; check out his comments on the post below:

Whether this research turns out to be valid remains unknown… but just a quick glance at the California map suggests that like-minded people aren’t bound by traditional borders. And that’s one of the challenges for drawing political maps that allow full participation by all.

The “research” that CommonCensus is pursuing is decidely unscientific, but the idea behind the site is certainly worthwhile, providing an excellent example of how “communities of interest” might be redrawn by the people themselves. As Myers suggests, demographics splay out in irregular ways that defy the official borders of cities and counties.

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