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Non-Partisan Standards

1.  Objectivity  

The objectivity standard refers to the use of non-partisan methods, metrics, and scientifically backed data in the redistricting process.  It also inherently excludes voting history and party affiliation when drawing district lines.  Objective data is key to an independent process and for creating maps that are representative of the population.

2.  Sensibility:  Compact, Contiguous, Equal  

The sensibility standard refers to how reasonable and practical a map is and whether it reflects communities as they see themselves and respects town, city, and county lines where appropriate.

  • Compact:  A compact map is one in which districts are as dense and efficient as possible
  • Contiguous:  A contiguous map is one that considers how disconnected a population is from the most fully populated region.
  • Equal:  An equal map is one in which populations are balanced among districts

3.  Fairness:  Competition & Proportionality

The fairness standard measures how closely the "One person, one vote." requirement mandated by the U.S. Constitution is met.  We measure fairness in two ways:

  • Competition:  A competitive map is one where each vote counts as much as possible by maximizing its ability to determine elected delegates
  • Proportionality:  A proportional map is one in which elected delegates accurately reflect a state’s total votes cast.

4.  Transparency

The transparency standard refers to government redistricting information that is relevant, accessible, timely, and accurate.  It allows the public to fully analyze and examine the criteria used to draw district lines and the reasons behind why decisions were made.  It also allows the public to discuss, comment, and be kept in the loop throughout the process.

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