The objectivity standard refers to the use of non-partisan methods, metrics, and scientifically backed data in the redistricting process. It also inherently excludes voting history and party affiliation when drawing district lines. Objective data is key to an independent process and for creating maps that are representative of the population.
2. Sensibility: Compact, Contiguous, Equal
The sensibility standard refers to how reasonable and practical a map is and whether it reflects communities as they see themselves and respects town, city, and county lines where appropriate.
3. Fairness: Competition & Proportionality
The fairness standard measures how closely the "One person, one vote." requirement mandated by the U.S. Constitution is met. We measure fairness in two ways:
The transparency standard refers to government redistricting information that is relevant, accessible, timely, and accurate. It allows the public to fully analyze and examine the criteria used to draw district lines and the reasons behind why decisions were made. It also allows the public to discuss, comment, and be kept in the loop throughout the process.