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.
Atlanta Examiner (GA) - October 11, 2011
Now that the state has re-drawn the districting maps, all that is needed is the approval of the federal government. Last Friday, along with the Governor’s office, Georgia’s Attorney General, Sam Olens, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking federal approval, or “preclearance”, of the newly drawn state legislative and congressional plans.
Attorney General Sam Olens explained that under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, Georgia must receive approval from the federal government before any changes in election practices or procedures are implemented. States can seek that approval from the U.S. Department of Justice or the District Court for the District of Columbia.
“We have worked closely with the General Assembly to ensure that Georgia’s growing population is fairly represented, and we are confident that the maps drawn will meet the requirements necessary for federal approval, “said Olens.
“Like several other states, including Louisiana, Virginia and Alabama, Georgia will also submit the plans to the Department of Justice for administrative approval. If Georgia obtains administrative preclearance of the three plans, the state will dismiss the lawsuit.”
The Attorney General’s office has released a copy of the lawsuit that can be read here.