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.
Lincoln Journal Star (NE) - Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Author: NANCY HICKS ; LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR
The five Democrats on the Lincoln City Council approved a redistricting map that they designed and that they say keeps neighborhoods intact.
Jon Camp and Adam Hornung, the two lone Republicans on the council, voted against that option, Map A, during Monday evening's council meeting.
Former Republican Councilwoman Robin Eschliman has said the map that was approved gives Democrats an edge in District 3 by moving heavily Republican precincts into District 2 (southeast Lincoln), which already is heavily Republican.
But Camp and Hornung stayed away from partisan blame games during a brief discussion before the vote, saying they preferred Map C, which better divided the city into four quadrants.
Councilman Jonathon Cook said the map preferred by the Democrats keeps more precincts in their current districts than the Republican-favored map.
Councilman Doug Emery, a Democrat, said Camp and Hornung had not bothered to solicit support privately for the option they liked best.
People can work to get something done or turn it into a "publicity contest," he said.
But Camp said he thought some of that discussion would occur several weeks ago at a council meeting on redistricting. Instead, it was clear that the Democrats favored Map A, he said.
In other action Monday, the council approved zoning changes, a zoning agreement and a special permit that will allow Alpha Gamma Rho, 1430 Idylwild Drive, to build a new fraternity house at its current location across from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus.
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