Math experts join brainpower to help address gerrymandering

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MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - Efforts to address gerrymandering are gaining new help from math and data experts at many universities.

Scholars from California to Massachusetts have been working on cutting-edge math and computer-science tools that could help federal courts identify voting districts that are drawn unfairly.

Gerrymandering, the practice of drawing voting maps to favor certain voting groups, has regained attention recently through lawsuits in North Carolina and Wisconsin.

A professor at Tufts University near Boston is organizing a series of workshops in several states to unite math and data experts studying gerrymandering and to train them to serve as expert witnesses in court cases.

Legal experts say federal courts have used relatively unscientific methods to evaluate voting districts in the past but that new algorithms and mathematical approaches could reshape how cases are decided.

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