Sam Wang, Ben Williams, & John O'Neill

Sam Wang is a professor of neuroscience and founder of the Princeton Gerrymandering Project.

Ben Williams is a legal research specialist at the Princeton Gerrymandering Project.

John O’Neill is a computational research specialist at the Princeton Gerrymandering Project.

Recent Articles

Can Open Data Save Redistricting Reform?

This year’s passion for fair districting can drive change, and data science can play a key role.

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Sara Fitzgerald and Michael Martin, both with the group One Virginia 2021, protest gerrymandering in front of the Supreme Court. A dvocates for redistricting reform may have felt disappointed last week when the Supreme Court sent this year's big partisan gerrymandering case, Gill v. Whitford , back for a do-over in lower court. There's still hope for broad-based reform—but only with the help of data science. The unanimous decision, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, held that statewide measures of harm were unsuitable as proof of gerrymandering because the plaintiffs had claimed a violation under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Under that theory, the Court said, the plaintiffs should identify at least one victimized voter in each gerrymandered district. Because the decision was unanimous, a distinct possibility exists that plaintiffs will succeed when the case returns to the high court. In the abstract, this requirement might not seem...