FiveThirtyEight has created a data visualization depicting different methods of drawing congressional maps for the United States and highlighting how different approaches could dramatically change the makeup of the House of Representatives. The visualization compares the current congressional district map against seven other maps designed to achieve different goals, including favoring Democrats or Republicans, matching the partisan breakdown of seats to the electorate, and promoting competitive elections.
Redrawing the United States’ Electoral Map
Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.