Mathematician answers Supreme Court plea

New, fair method for dividing states into congressional districts could reduce political squabbles.

By Julie Rehmeyer, 14:40 PM February 24, 2009

In 2003, Republicans in the Texas state legislature proposed a bill that would redistrict the state to increase the likelihood of Republican victories. The Democratic representatives, lacking the votes to defeat the measure, fled the state to deny a quorum. After two standoffs (one lasting 45 days), a Democrat broke down and returned to work, and Republicans pushed the measure through. In the next election, Texas Republicans gained six seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, for a total ...

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