r/WhitePeopleTwitter May 26 '23

Something something SiLeNt MaJoRiTy

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u/h0tfr1es May 27 '23

Redistricting by itself isn’t bad, gerrymandering is. In California, we don’t do gerrymandering, there’s a committee of four Democrats, four Republicans, and two independents that all have to work together to redistrict the maps.


u/VonThirstenberg May 27 '23

And that's precisely how those maps should be drawn everywhere, through bipartisan compromise and agreement.

Sensible policy if you ask me.


u/argv_minus_one May 27 '23

I disagree. Those maps should be drawn by an open-source algorithm using publicly-available data, not by human politicians.


u/I_am_the_Jukebox May 27 '23

Eh...having an "algorithm" figure it out isn't a panacea. After all, someone writes the algorithm. All that does is shift the responsibility to a black box that only a few people know how it actually works, and give the illusion of impartiality when algorithms often operate on the biases we give them.


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u/Poignant_Plethodon May 27 '23

The problem is not the transparency, it’s about the process of choosing who write the algorithm, what factors are prioritized, and how it gets updated. Stating that it will be “open-source” does nothing to address those questions.

The current process of explicitly partisan redistributing is also 100% transparent. Every Congressional hearing is public. Anyone can get the transcripts, staff notes, and review every version of a bill as it goes from introduction to floor vote. All the litigation around maps is similarly public record. But just because you know who, what, when, where, and why a problem exists does not mean you can fix it.


u/marksteele6 May 27 '23

It does though because you can have experts brought in by both parties as well as independent experts brought in to validate the algorithm does what it does.

The current process is transparent but at the end of the day it's five or six people with different biases for each state. An algorithm implements uniformity across the entire country. You can have a non-partisan committee set the initial inputs and revamp them every X number of years.

This is a zero sum problem. All the possible inputs are a known state so you can mathematically create an optimal distribution.