Each redistricting dataset merges the electoral data the SWDB collected and processed over the preceding decade with the most current census data (PL94-171). The result is a census block level dataset that allows for longitudinal analysis of electoral data over time on the same unit of analysis. Electoral data consist of the Statements of Vote (SOV) and Statements of Registration (SOR) for each statewide election. These data are collected from the Registrars of Voters for each of the 58 California counties with each election.
The SWDB collects the Statement of Vote and the Statement of Registration along with various geography files from each of the 58 counties for every statewide election. The Statement of Vote is a precinct level dataset and precincts in California change frequently between elections. The goal of the SWDB is to make election data available that can be compared over time, on the same unit of analysis – a precinct, a census block or a census tract.
Macon Telegraph, The (GA)
February 1, 2006
Author: Greg Bluestein, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Estimated printed pages: 1
House lawmakers voted Tuesday to redraw the Senate's political map by dividing the Democratic stronghold of Athens into two Senate districts.
The plan's GOP sponsor said it was an effort to honor a five-year-old request from commissioners in rural Madison County to put their community under one state senator. But Democrats decried it as an election-year "hijacking" designed to hurt the chances of a House Democrat seeking the seat.
Under the proposed change, which passed 100-69, the district that currently includes all of Athens would include half of the city and Republican-leaning Walton County .
State Rep. Jane Kidd, D-Athens, has announced plans to run for the seat this year. So has Republican Bill Cowsert, the brother-in-law of state Sen. Brian Kemp, R-Athens, who is running for state agricultural commissioner.
Democrats have vowed to fight the move, which was already passed by the Senate, if it's signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue. If the bill is signed by the governor, the measure must still go before the federal Department of Justice, which must approve any voting law in Georgia .
Provided By: Knight-Ridder Digital
Index Terms: POLITICAL
Location(s): Athens ; Georgia
Personal Name(s): Jane Kidd; Bill Cowsert; Brian Kemp; Sonny Perdue
Copyright (c) 2006 The Macon Telegraph
Record Number: 200602010301KNRIDDERGAMACONT_WEB. Redistricting .0201
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