The Anarchist Daughter of the GOP's Gerrymandering Mastermind Just Dumped His Maps and Files on Google Drive - 2020-01-06
Thomas Hofeller, who died in 2018, was crucial to the Republican Party's redistricting efforts across the country: He drew up tons of maps that the party used to make districts easier for them to win — sometimes at the expense of minorities' voting rights. In an effort to defend their state's political map in a lawsuit, Republicans had tried to keep Hofeller's files secret.
But on Sunday, his daughter, Stephanie, who identifies as an anarchist, tweeted them out. She'd announced her plans to release the files last month and has now made them public on a website: thehofellerfiles.com, which links to a Google drive full of his emails and documents related to his gerrymandering work. (Thomas pronounced the word "gerrymander" with a hard "G," in honor of the former U.S. Vice President Elbridge Gerry, who pioneered the practice in Massachusetts in 1812.)
"These are matters that concern the people and their franchise and their access to resources. This is, therefore, the property of the people," Stephanie told NPR. "I won't be satisfied that we the people have found everything until we the people have had a look at it in its entirety."