Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Redistricting coming sooner than you think

For anyone interested in political redistricting you have to check out the site:

http://redistrictinggame.org/

which is from USC's Annenberg Center. If you are a GIS person at all you will find the introductory video just too funny. There is a real interactive game, actually more of a teaching tool, there as well.

I was thinking... all the debate over what the 3 member turnover on city council means misses something pretty important. All the members elected this cycle will be in office when the City of Pittsburgh next redistricts itself. What are some of the issues they will face? For one: should the city have three majority-minority districts and not just two?

and for advanced wonks... something that could have a bigger impact on future redistricting here and elsewhere. A long-tail phenomenon, but there are web sites for everything. Here is a a site dedicated just to the issue of changing how the census counts counts prisoners:

http://www.prisonersofthecensus.org/

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about all of the college students who get counted in the town where their college is but have to pay non-resident tuition because their family lives elsewhere?

I know this practice doubled the size of the town where I attended college.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 9:55:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

that's true, but I don't think there is much push anywhere to change the counting of students. That was a bigger issue a couple decades ago. but there is movement on the counting of prisoners. If I were to guess, they will not make the change for the upcoming census, but it's possible.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 7:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When is the next redistricting? 2010?

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 7:42:00 PM  

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