Electoral Bias

Over at The Monkey Cage Andrew Gellman discusses a very interesting paper which analyzed precinct voting data in reference to methods of electoral districting. The basic idea is that due mainly to the tendency for Democrats to prefer urban living and Republicans to prefer suburban or rural living, any districting which is based on creating compact, contiguous districts creates a bias in the Republican’s favor. This isn’t the same thing as gerrymandering because the districting is based on arbitrary rules and any bias isn’t intentional, but it does raise important questions about how states should divide their acreage for electoral purposes.

Shit like this makes me wanna be a political scientist.


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