For months, the Elections Daily Staff has worked diligently to produce our most daring and comprehensive project yet: a national guide to Congressional redistricting. For every state containing at least two districts, we’ve drawn Fair Maps, Democratic and Republican gerrymanders, and Compact by Shape maps. From there we relied on you, our generous supporters and investors, to raise the funds needed to make this project happen. 

None of this would have been possible without the brilliant work of April Clark (@ALotOfOranges), who successfully created the online interface giving our users the opportunity to interact with every district we drew, and Ethan (@EthanC7) who calculated 2020 results for all of our fair maps. As we wait on official census data and the beginning of the redistricting process, our whole team would like to thank you for visiting our site and encourage you to spread the word.

All fair maps use 2020 Presidential results to determine their partisan lean, and we’ve used 2020 data for 42% of our maps.

If you’d like to show your support for the project with a donation here, we would be incredibly grateful. We’re a volunteer site that has dedicated 3 months to this project, and we appreciate every bit of support.

— The Elections Daily Staff (Eric Cunningham, Harrison Lavelle, Kraz Greinetz, Johanna Rowland, Joe Szymanski, and Adam Trencher)

General Methodologies 

Democratic Gerrymander – Districts are gerrymandered to favor Democrats as much as possible. A baseline goal here is that seats favor Democrats by around 10 percentage points.

Republican Gerrymander – Districts are gerrymandered to favor Republicans as much as possible. A baseline goal here is that seats favor Republicans by around 10 percentage points.

Compact by Shape – Compact district shapes are emphasized and prioritized. County boundaries and communities of interest are followed when possible but secondary to compact shapes. 

Fair – Fair maps combine a variety of criteria including shapes, counties, communities of interest, minority representation, and partisan fairness. Keeping communities of interest together is prioritized most, but partisan fairness is considered when doing so would result in one party having a major advantage over the other. All fair maps are voted on by the Elections Daily staff, and every member has a veto if they are unhappy with the proposed boundaries. 

All maps comply with the Voting Rights Act (VRA) as well as relevant legal precedent surrounding congressional redistricting. Maps are also intended to comply with relevant state and local laws surrounding redistricting.

Partisanship is calculated using the most recent, representative election.