Why is redistricting not an automated process?

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Jan 23, 2013 08:11 PM 0 Answers
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What is the reason that redistricting is not automatic? Is it just a legacy of a time when it was impossible?

The definition of gerrymandering is:

In the process of setting electoral districts, gerrymandering is a practice that attempts to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating geographic boundaries to create partisan advantaged districts.

It occurred to me (mostly as I am a CS major) that this is a process that can be done automatically, via clustering algorithms with the goal being to minimize the distance between points in the cluster, and have the clusters be the same size. This is not a "hard" problem to solve (technically speaking) and would remove all of the bias that gerrymandering puts into the political process.

So, is there a reason this is not done?

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