to provide access to all 55 student submissions. We were impressed by the thoughtfulness and diligence that all the student teams put into creating their plans. However, as with any competition, there are winners. We also also pleased to announce the winning submissions. Congratulations to all for showing how average people can draw redistricting plans that compare favorably to the existing plans on numerous criteria.
Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University and the Public Mapping Project are sponsoring the Virginia College and University Legislative Redistricting Competition to help educate students and the public about the process of redistricting.
Participating schools (faculty sponsor and e-mail contact):
Each team will be tasked with drawing legislative lines for the Virginia House of Delegates, Senate of Virginia, and federal congressional lines for the House of Representatives. Using the Public Mapping Project software, teams will produce for each body a redistricting plan with maps and a narrative explanation. The competition has two divisions and teams may enter maps into one or both divisions. Division 1 maps must address the criteria of contiguity, equipopulation, the federal Voting Rights Act, communities of interest that are respectful of existing political subdivisions, compactness, electoral competition; and representational fairness. Division 2 maps must address the criteria of contiguity, equipopulation, the federal Voting Rights Act, communities of interest that are respectful of existing political subdivisions, and compactness but are prohibited from addressing electoral competition and representational fairness. Please see the Competition Procedures and Rules for details.Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution and Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute. Prizes will be awarded for each division as follows: House of Delegates - First place = $2,000 and second place = $1,000; Senate of Virginia - First place = $1,500 and second place = $750, Congressional districts - First place = $1,000 and second place = $500. All non-winning teams that submit final maps and narrative explanations will receive honorary awards of $200 per team. Faculty sponsors will receive an honorarium of $500 per team. All prizes and honorarium are contingent upon the submission of a final map and a detailed narrative explaining how the plan satisfies the competition criteria.
News & Events.
JMU's student newspaper, The Breeze.
Charlottesville Daily Progress article about the competition.
Virginian-Pilot editorial about the competition.
Virginian-Pilot editorial about redistricting.
Competition Procedures and Rules.
A Citizen's Guide to Redistricting, 2010 Edition, by the Brennen Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.
Virginia Division of Legislative Services Redistricting Page.
Virginia redistricting analysis by UVA's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Policy.
Competition judges announced.
Redistricting competition announced.