Fall 2020 Challenge Spotlight: Voting Maps Challenge

Congressional districting maps in Ohio are scheduled to be redrawn in 2021. In order to do that, information about the population must be collected and analyzed in order to create fair districting that is representative of the needs of the people. The practice of gerrymandering is a threat to our democracy and aims to outsmart the voting process. If we are to combat this problem, we need new, efficient ways of understanding the dynamic nature of our population.

Innovative mapping tools are needed to rapidly analyze proposed voting maps and support redistricting to create better representation in our democratic process. This challenge will allow students to work with the latest voter and census data along with national experts in statistical and mathematical analyses of voting districts. In taking on this task, students will be able to have an impact on the voting rights of the electorate.

We imagine a team of students with a variety of backgrounds including, but not limited to, policy, data analytics, engineering, mathematics, and/or statistics along with a passion for the well-being of our democratic process. Use the knowledge you have gained in your classes and apply them to a wicked problem.

Make a real-world difference on an arena that is the backbone of our government and society while building your skillsets in communication, teamwork, and problem solving.