The Splitline Algorithm is a mathematical approach to redistricting that aims to eliminate the element of choice from the redistricting process. Districts are drawn by rigorously applying a recursive algorithm that finds the shortest line that divides a given area into two equal parts.
The algorithm is as follows for dividing a state into N districts:
- Limits the ability to redistrict in a partisan fashion
- Cannot take into account Communities of Interest
- Will most likely not create Minority Majority districts.
These issues make it unsuitable for the majority of states since consideration of Communities of Interest is necessary.
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