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  •  There are computer programs that can draw (3+ / 0-)
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    district lines, using census data.  It would be straightforward to write one optimized for compact districts.  Years (decades) ago I read an article in Scientific American that I think touted 'population density moment of interia' which I think would do that.  Or using the same kind of algorithm that groups web sites by how often they link to each other, it ought to be possible to group people by where they commute, where they do business, or other criteria.

    States ought to be required to pick some such system years before the census for which they'd be applied.  That way it would be very difficult to pick an algorithm that gives either party an advantage.  We'd probably end up with fewer of the 'safe' districts that help Representatives at the political extremes stay in office for decades.

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 12:28:33 PM PST

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