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.
The Associated Press
The Beaumont Enterprise
June 5, 2010
Texas legislators are going to travel around the state to talk redistricting.
The House redistricting committee and judiciary and civil jurisprudence committee will hold joint meetings on the subject that will occupy much of the 2011 legislative session. The first hearing outside of Austin is June 21 in San Antonio.
House Speaker Joe Straus' office said Friday the two committees will work together on the issue. Each decade, lawmakers draw new boundary lines for state legislative and congressional districts based on new census data.
A legislative memo says other hearings are planned for McAllen, Laredo and Corpus Christi in July; El Paso and Lubbock in August; Dallas, Richardson and Fort Worth in September; Beaumont and Marshall in October; and Houston and Austin in November.
The committees met this week in Austin.
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