I’m a sucker for pictures. They communicate ideas quite succinctly.
Here I show some examples of congressional districts as they are drawn currently and as the shortest split-line algorithm would draw them.
If the images are cropped please click through on them or use your browsers features to view the full image.
Let’s pick on Massachusetts yet again:
And here is Texas:
From shortest split-line algorithm:
And here is Maryland.
PS: A side-by-side comparison of these images would be much more feasible if:
- all the current district maps were available in a variety of standard sizes as images, not pdfs
- all of the algorithm generated maps were available a variety of standard sizes
Hopefully the folks who developed the split-line algorithm will provide this.
Some examples of spectacularly gerrymandered districts