Virginia Redistricting Competition Results

Overview

The Virginia Redistricting Competition was a collaborative effort led by Quentin Kidd, Director of Christopher Newport University's Wason Center for Public Policy, and Michael McDonald, Associate Professor at George Mason University and a co-leader of the Public Mapping Project. The competition was generously funded by Virginia private citizens.

Student teams were tasked with drawing districts for Congress, State Senate, and State House of Delegates using 2010 census data. There were two divisions. The first division followed criteria originally articulated for the competition. A second division was later created to encourage students to draw maps that were consistent with criteria articulated in Gov. McDonnell's executive order establishing an advisory redistricting commission. The students drew their plans using free and open-source software developed by the Public Mapping Project. See the details regarding the competition's rules and procedures for more information.

In total, 55 valid plans were submitted to the two judging divisions. A plan was deemed valid if the team submitted a unique plan with an accompanying narrative for a particular division. Some submissions were later disqualified from one division because the same plan was submitted for two divisions. In these cases, the plans were judged

The volunteer judges for the competition were Thomas Mann, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. They were assisted by Raffaela Wakeman, research assistant to Tom Mann, and Jennifer Marsico, assistant to Norman Ornstein.

Winners

First place and second place awards were given to Congressional, State Senate, and State House plans for the two divisions, for a total of twelve winning submissions. A total of $13,500 in cash prizes were awarded using the following schedule.

Legislative Body
First Place Prize
Second Place Prize
Congress
 $1,000 $500
State Senate
 $1,500 $750
State House of Delegates
 $2,000 $1,000

Congressional Maps

The winning plans are as follows. Links are provided to images of the plans with some plan summary statistics and to the submitted plan narratives.

Competition Division

1st     University of Virginia Team 1
2nd    University of Virginia Team 2

Governor/Commission Division

1st     College of William & Mary Law School
2nd    University of Virginia Team 1

State Senate Maps

Competition Division

1st    University of Virginia Team 2
2nd   College of William & Mary Law School

Governor/Commission Division

1st    College of William & Mary Undergraduate Team
2nd   University of Virginia Team 1

House of Delegates Maps

Competition Division

1st    George Mason University
2nd   University of Virginia Team 1

Governor/Commission Division

1st    University of Richmond
2nd   University of Virginia Team 2

Submissions

You may view all submissions at https://districtbuilder.varedistrictingcompetition.org. The plans' names identify the team name, legislative body (Congress, Senate, or State House) and division (Competition or Commission). We provide direct links to each team's submissions below.

To download an electronic version of a team's submission with each census block assigned to a district which can be used with other GIS software, from the viewing screen click "Step 4: Share" and click "Download". It may take a few minutes for the mapping software to generate a file for download.

Team Team Submissions  

Redistricting Competition Division
Governor's Commission Division

Christopher Newport University

Congress
State Senate
State House
Congress

George Mason University

Congress
State Senate
State House (1st)
State House

James Madison University, Team 1

Congress
State Senate
State House
Congress

James Madison University, Team 2

Congress
State House
Congress
State Senate

Longwood University

Congress
State House

Old Dominion University

Congress
State Senate
State House

Radford University

State Senate
 

Roanoke College


State Senate
State House

University of Mary Washington

Congress
State Senate

State Senate

University of Richmond

State House Congress
State Senate
State House  (1st)

University of Virginia, Team 1

Congress (1st)
State Senate
State House (2nd)
Congress (2nd)
State Senate (2nd)
State House

University of Virginia, Team 2

Congress (2nd)
State Senate (1st)
State House
Congress
State Senate
State House (2nd)

Virginia Commonwealth University

Congress
Congress

William & Mary, Law School

Congress
State Senate (2nd)
State House
Congress (1st)
State Senate
State House

William & Mary, Undergrad

State House Congress
State Senate (1st)
State House