UIUC Profs Use Illinois Supercomputer to Take on Partisan Gerrymandering

September 22, 2016

By Karis Hustad
Chicago Inno

Though the approval rating for Congress is at just 18 percent, the re-election rate is approximately 95 percent. Why do politicians with low approval ratings continue to get re-elected? Many point to partisan gerrymandering, drawing legislative district maps that discriminate against a political party to benefit another. Though both parties and many voters oppose the practice, courts have struggled to address gerrymandering, in part because it can be difficult to evaluate whether maps have been drawn with partisanship as the main motive.