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Searching for a Gerrymandering Antidote

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Matthew Petering

Start Date

16-4-2021 12:00 AM

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The objective of my research last semester was to find map data and previous election data for every state in the US in an attempt to redistrict everything as an attempt to solve gerrymandering. My role in it may have been tiny due to only having to find the data and not work on the program itself, but it was an important role nonetheless. In theory all of the GIS map data and election data should be public record, so it should've been available somewhere on the open internet so my role was to find that data and to call up the offices that handle that information. Once I found that data I needed to organize all of that into a format that the program could read. Overall I was able to find almost all the data for every single state in the country barring a couple. This basically means my research is finished for this project, as anything further would be working on the program which is out of my area of expertise. In conclusion my project was about trying to make a mathematical system to redistrict every single political district in the USA in order to solve gerrymandering, my role in the project was to find the raw data, and convert the massive amount of data to a format that the program could read, which I successfully found and was able to convert.

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Apr 16th, 12:00 AM

Searching for a Gerrymandering Antidote

The objective of my research last semester was to find map data and previous election data for every state in the US in an attempt to redistrict everything as an attempt to solve gerrymandering. My role in it may have been tiny due to only having to find the data and not work on the program itself, but it was an important role nonetheless. In theory all of the GIS map data and election data should be public record, so it should've been available somewhere on the open internet so my role was to find that data and to call up the offices that handle that information. Once I found that data I needed to organize all of that into a format that the program could read. Overall I was able to find almost all the data for every single state in the country barring a couple. This basically means my research is finished for this project, as anything further would be working on the program which is out of my area of expertise. In conclusion my project was about trying to make a mathematical system to redistrict every single political district in the USA in order to solve gerrymandering, my role in the project was to find the raw data, and convert the massive amount of data to a format that the program could read, which I successfully found and was able to convert.