Place: 4274 Chamberlin (refreshments will be served)
Speaker: David Canon, UW Department of Political Science
Abstract: Professor David Canon will discuss the potential landmark Supreme Court case, Gill v. Whitford, concerning partisan redistricting. Canon will provide some background on the law and the basic principles of redistricting, explore the history of partisan redistricting and then discuss the Wisconsin case. He will speculate about the likely outcome, with a focus on the role of Justice Kennedy and the new measure of partisan bias (the “efficiency gap”). Canon will conclude by talking about possible reforms, with a focus on Iowa’s nonpartisan model of redistricting.