Three years ago I mentioned a project Neil Freeman, an artist and urban planner in New York, had worked out to fix the Electoral College system. He divided the U.S. into 50 jurisdictions of more-or-less equal population, tried to keep them geographically contiguous and culturally coherent, and came up with this result:
Now the 2010 Census results are in, and Freeman is back with a new, improved, and way spiffier (plus anthropologically/geographically informed) Electoral Reform Map. You can get more details at his site, but this will give you the idea:
* What's more, the namesake city of Temecula is just barely inside this new Temecula jurisdiction, which mainly replicates the borders of San Bernardino County (plus some of Riverside) and most of whose territory is taken up by Mojave Desert. Thus the aptness of the original name! But I suppose this doesn't matter -- and I know that people from, say, Scioto would have their own nit-picks. I just didn't like Temecula when I was a kid.
Also, as Freeman just pointed out to me in an email, it is possible that some residents of the new unit named King might put up a fuss. You'll see what he means.
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