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 “The Critical Study of Democracy: Remapping Elections”  Joining the two as research scholars are Colby Boudreau '20, Kyle Hallman '20, Coleman Richard '20, and Utkrist Thapa '21. 

Students are learning all facets of gerrymandering and are establishing 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.