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.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Senate State Affairs Committee Republicans passed a plan to revamp how Idaho redraws its 35 legislative districts following each U.S. Census, over objections from Democrats.
Senate President Pro Tem Bob Geddes said Friday his bill's requirement newly drawn districts be connected by roads will preserve "communities of interest" he contends were neglected during the 2001 effort.
Geddes said southeastern Idaho districts drawn about a decade ago are unwieldy, forcing lawmakers like him to drive outside Idaho just to reach some constituents.
"Hopefully," he said, "this will tie us together a little more than we were last time."
But Democratic Minority Leader Kate Kelly fears his bill will "micromanage" Idaho's six-person redistricting panel when it sets new districts come 2011.
After the 7-2 vote, the full Senate now weighs in.