The problem with New Hampshire

Just now I look at my software and at New Hampshire and realize I can't do their House of Representatives because I'm only using 1 byte for the district number and they have 400 representatives.

Maybe storing the district number as a byte turns out to have been premature optimization, but I think in an early version of the software I was holding many full mappings in memory at once, so it made more sense back then. Now that I'm just holding one at a time I could upgrade to 16 bit numbers, that advanced technology of 1980.

Also I still haven't written an Alaska filter to munge the data into a contiguous realm instead of breaking at -180/180 degrees longitude around the Aleutians.

But aside from that I think I have all the state data imported and most of the congressional and state legislature maps with at least one solution.


NJ Incumbent Protection vs My Way

This story about proposed maps for the New Jersey State Senate suggests that a bipartisan incumbent protection gerrymander is in the works proposed by the Democrats.

Here's a comparison of the proposed map linked there and my current most compact map for the New Jersey Senate: