The Third Criterion: Compactness as a Procedural Safeguard Against Partisan Gerrymandering

  title={The Third Criterion: Compactness as a Procedural Safeguard Against Partisan Gerrymandering},
  author={Daniel D. Polsby and Robert D. Popper},
  journal={Yale Law \& Policy Review},
This paper addresses partisan gerrymandering and proposes a formal remedy. In addition to adhering to criteria which mandate that representational districts be composed of contiguous territories and have equal populations, we suggest that those who define district boundaries must also be required to respect a third criterion, the constraint of compactness. 

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