Duke team to discuss fairness of congressional districts

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A Duke University research team will discuss its findings about using applied mathematical modeling techniques to develop a nonpartisan way of assessing the fairness of congressional districts.

Mathematics professor Jonathan Mattingly led the team, which will discuss the findings and answer questions Wednesday in Rubenstein Hall at the Sanford School of Public Policy.

The team has found that states with independent redistricting commissions, such as Iowa, had statistically fairer results than states with partisan redistricting systems, such as North Carolina and Maryland.

It also evaluated the districts drawn earlier this fall by a mock bipartisan redistricting panel formed by Terry Sanford Distinguished Fellow Tom Ross. The “Beyond Gerrymandering” project panelists were former North Carolina Supreme Court justices and lower court judges.