Congressional Redistricting Coming

Redistricting may serve to isolate Charlottesville politically. I’d put money on it.  #

8 Responses to “Congressional Redistricting Coming”

  • I would say we were already a political island. Drive 20 minutes away and people think of Cville much the way they think of Obama. Elitist, egg headed, ivory tower dwellers out of touch with the real world.

    True or not, it is the reality of the perception.

    Commence shelling.

  • Crozet is 20 minutes away.

  • What counties can they add to the 5th that would add more Democrats?

  • Spend some quality time curled up with Dave’s Redistricting App, Cville Eye—you’ll find that you can basically do anything when redistricting. :)

  • I see what you’re saying. It’s fascinating.

  • I can’t even visit the site—before I know it, hours of my life have disappeared. :) And that’s just something that some guy put together as a hobby (which isn’t to knock it!)—the software that elected officials use is way more powerful. Caliper’s Mapitude for Redistricting is amazing. As I recall, it has some pretty questionable features, like the ability to pinpoint an incumbent’s home and automatically create a district that will skirt his house, or to mark two incumbents’ homes and put them in a district together. I mean, I don’t doubt that there’s a lot of demand for such features—I don’t fault Caliper for putting them in there.

  • With the existence of software this powerful containing built-in databases, I would like to see an investigation of putting redistricting in the hands of an independent commission or a body made up of retired judges.

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