Michael Latner

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Michael Latner is a Kendall Voting Rights Fellow with the Center for Science and Democracy. His research focuses on political representation and electoral systems. His most recent work has focused on redistricting and gerrymandering in the United States, and the impact of electoral administrative law on political participation. Michael holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Irvine, and is an associate professor of political science at California State Polytechnic University, where he recently directed the Masters in Public Policy program.

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Sociological Gobbledygook or Scientific Standard? Why Judging Gerrymandering is Hard

Chief Justice Roberts described various proposed mathematical techniques to measure gerrymandering as “sociological gobbledygook.” His statement reveals a serious problem for the use of scientific evidence in the court.  Read more >

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Can Science (and The Supreme Court) End Partisan Gerrymandering and Save the Republic? Three Scenarios

On October 3, the US Supreme Court will hear a case concerning the state of Wisconsin’s legislative districts that could resolve a pending constitutional crisis and dramatically improve electoral representation. Read more >

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