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State and Local Government Law

Race

2021

University of Colorado Law School

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Models, Race, And The Law, Moon Duchin, Douglas M. Spencer Jan 2021

Models, Race, And The Law, Moon Duchin, Douglas M. Spencer

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Capitalizing on recent advances in algorithmic sampling, The Race-Blind Future of Voting Rights explores the implications of the long-standing conservative dream of certified race neutrality in redistricting. Computers seem promising because they are excellent at not taking race into account—but computers only do what you tell them to do, and the rest of the authors’ apparatus for measuring minority electoral opportunity failed every check of robustness and numerical stability that we applied. How many opportunity districts are there in the current Texas state House plan? Their methods can give any answer from thirty-four to fifty-one, depending on invisible settings. But …