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We launched the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project in June 2005 with the encouragement and financial support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Five years later we bring the project to a close. We take this opportunity to reflect on the state of election administration in the United States almost a decade after the extended and controversial Florida vote count in the 2000 presidential election and suggest how additional changes in technology, election law and administrative practices might further strengthen American elections in the years ahead.
The AEI-Brookings Project on Redistricting will participate in the development of open source mapping software and encourage its widespread public use by individuals and groups; gather and disseminate information on public mapping initiatives in individual states; facilitate communications and lesson sharing among those engaged in these efforts; and promote greater transparency and openness to these public mapping exercises by formal redistricting authorities.
Scholars from Brookings and AEI are collaborating to promote transparency in redistricting. In January 2010, an advisory board of experts and representatives of good government groups was convened in order to articulate principles for transparent redistricting and to identify barriers to the public and communities who wish to create redistricting plans. This document summarizes the principles for transparency in redistricting that were identified during that meeting.
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