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.
Advocate, The (Baton Rouge, LA) - Friday, September 28, 2012
Author: JORDAN BLUM
WASHINGTON - Gov. Bobby Jindal had a federal court summons issued against him this week from a lawsuit alleging the governor and state Legislature conspired to dilute the voting strengths of minorities through congressional redistricting.
Opelousas resident Ron Ceasar, a doctoral student and former accountant, is suing the governor to temporarily stop the Nov. 6 congressional races in the 3rd, 4th and 5th districts that combine to make up most of southwestern and northern Louisiana.
Ceasar, who ran a long-shot bid for governor last year, is currently running as a "No Party" candidate against incumbent U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman. Ceasar also previously led a failed recall effort against Jindal that did not acquire enough signatures.
Congressional redistricting goes into effect this election cycle beginning with the Nov. 6 elections.
Louisiana lost a congressional seat because of a lack of population growth, which led to dramatic changes in some congressional districts.
Ceasar's 5th Congressional District now includes his home of Opelousas and stretches to include northeastern Louisiana.
"A lot of people in St. Landry Parish are just learning they vote with the people in Monroe," Ceasar said. "It's been carved up like a Thanksgiving turkey."
The Jindal administration denounced the lawsuit Thursday.
"This is a frivolous lawsuit," Jindal's executive counsel, Elizabeth Murrill, said in an email response. "The (U.S.) Justice Department already cleared this plan."
The allegation against the governor asserts the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 was violated by politically attempting to create all majority Republican districts except for one district that has a majority of minorities that now snakes from New Orleans up into much of northern Baton Rouge.
"The governor of Louisiana, personally got involved in the reapportionment of these congressional districts due to conflict of interest for electing and reelecting white republicans to office," the lawsuit states.
The suit continues, "King Jindal, as he is known in the Black Community, wishes to dictate the congressional lines and retaliates against those who disagrees with him."
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Lafayette under federal district Judge Richard Haik.
State legislative demographer Bill Blair also is named with Jindal as a defendant in the suit.
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