Frequently Asked Questions



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Where is the Statewide Database?

The Statewide Database's offices are located in Barrows Hall at UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720.

Can I visit the Statewide Database?

Sure! You can make an appointment and visit. Please use the contact form to request an appointment.

What type of data do you have?

The Statewide Database's datasets consist of the Statements of Vote (SOV) and the Statements of Registration (SOR) for each statewide election since 1992. These data are collected from California's 58 counties. The database also maintains decennial and other census data for use in redistricting. The Census, SOV, and SOR data are available for download from the Statewide Database website in the "Data" link. Data are available on various units of analysis like census block, tract, and precinct.

Where do you get your data?

The registration and voting data are collected by the County Registrar of Voters or County Clerks in each of California's 58 counties. Census data are collected by the Census Bureau under the Department of Commerce.

How can I get local election data?

At this time the Statewide Database only receives funding to process statewide races and does not collect data for local races like city council and mayor. Contact the local County Registrar of Voters or Election Clerk to obtain data for local races.

How much do you charge?

The Statewide Database is a free public resource. Our data and services are available to anyone who wishes to use them. All items ready for download on the website are free. Specific requests for data on CD-ROM's are available at cost. The charge for plotting a basic map is currently $75.00 plus shipping and handling (approx. $12.00).

What are FIPS county codes?

FIPS stands for Federal Information Processing Standard Code. FIPS county codes are unique three-digit codes that identify counties in California.

In census files, the county FIPS codes are five-digits with the last three digits indicating the county and the first two digits designating the state FIPS code (which for California is 06).

Below is a table of county numbers, county names are in alphabetical order accompanied by FIPS codes. FIPS codes are calculated by taking the county number, multiplying it by 2 and subtracting 1.

County 1


FIPS 001


County 30


FIPS 059

County 2


FIPS 003


County 31


FIPS 061

County 3


FIPS 005


County 32


FIPS 063

County 4


FIPS 007


County 33


FIPS 065

County 5


FIPS 009


County 34


FIPS 067

County 6


FIPS 011


County 35

San Benito

FIPS 069

County 7

Contra Costa

FIPS 013


County 36

San Bernardino

FIPS 071

County 8

Del Norte

FIPS 015


County 37

San Diego

FIPS 073

County 9

El Dorado

FIPS 017


County 38

San Francisco

FIPS 075

County 10


FIPS 019


County 39

San Joaquin

FIPS 077

County 11


FIPS 021


County 40

San Luis Obispo

FIPS 079

County 12


FIPS 023


County 41

San Mateo

FIPS 081

County 13


FIPS 025


County 42

Santa Barbara

FIPS 083

County 14


FIPS 027


County 43

Santa Clara

FIPS 085

County 15


FIPS 029


County 44

Santa Cruz

FIPS 087

County 16


FIPS 031


County 45


FIPS 089

County 17


FIPS 033


County 46


FIPS 091

County 18


FIPS 035


County 47


FIPS 093

County 19

Los Angeles

FIPS 037


County 48


FIPS 095

County 20


FIPS 039


County 49


FIPS 097

County 21


FIPS 041


County 50


FIPS 099

County 22


FIPS 043


County 51


FIPS 101

County 23


FIPS 045


County 52


FIPS 103

County 24


FIPS 047


County 53


FIPS 105

County 25


FIPS 049


County 54


FIPS 107

County 26


FIPS 051


County 55


FIPS 109

County 27


FIPS 053


County 56


FIPS 111

County 28


FIPS 055


County 57


FIPS 113

County 29


FIPS 057


County 58


FIPS 115

Do I need a special program to read the data?

All downloadable files are in *.dbf format, which can be read by most spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel and SPSS. Data is also available in *.txt format, which can be read by most word-processing programs such as MS Word, MS Works, and WordPerfect.

Do you make maps?

Yes, but we are not exactly a map-making organization. We encourage people to make their own maps with our data, either with their own GIS (Geographic Information System) or with our computers. We will assist you as much as possible, and we will take orders for customized maps. You can create Statewide, County, Senate, Assembly, and Congressional District levels filled with various data such as blocks and street labels, census, and/or registration information. Unfortunately, we cannot provide maps with precinct information. Basic Assembly, Senate, and Congressional District maps are available online in the "Maps" section of this website. All other maps need to be requested by e-mail or phone.

Do you draw district lines?

While we are the State of California's "Redistricting Database" we do NOT draw lines. Our purpose is to readily provide data to ALL who wish to use them. While some of our users may intend to use our data to draw their own plans, we do NOT provide instruction on drawing lines, nor will we draw them for anyone.

Where was the new 2001 California congressional seat created?

The new congressional seat is the 46th district. Located in Orange County, it encompasses the cities of Anaheim (west and north-south Anaheim Stadium-Disneyland corridor), Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana, Stanton, Tustin, and Westminster (north of San Diego Freeway). Dana Rohrabacher (R) currently represents the 46th district.

Do you also have Census Data?

Yes, we store and make available for download the Census Data specified for Redistricting and the Reapportionment. It is published in a file called PL94-171 that includes total population, race and ethnicity, and housing units.