Re-Mapping Elections with GIS Technology
Professors Mark Rush (Center for International Education) and Dick Kuettner (Global Discovery Laboratories) teamed together, beginning in the spring of 2017, to research voting strategies, districts, and outcomes in a project called “Remapping Elections: Developing a Rival Measure of Gerrymandering and User-Friendly Databases with GIS Technology.” Joining the two as research scholars are Ben Decembrino’19, Ethan Fischer’20, Bancks Holmes’19, and Kiki Spiezio’17.
Students are learning all facets of gerrymandering and are helping in the establishment of a database of elections and census information with a start year of 1990. Students are actively learning GIS technology and Maptitude redistricting software. As an added focal point, the project extends into the study of minority voting rights in Virginia and the impact redistricting has on these rights. The project will continue to grow as it extends to other states and nations globally.