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.
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
February 9, 2012
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Alaska Supreme Court plans to hear oral arguments March 13 in the lawsuit over the state's newly drawn political boundaries.
State court Judge Michael McConahy recently ruled that four House Districts are unconstitutional as drawn. House Districts 1, 2 and 38 are in the Fairbanks area, with 1 and 2 urban districts and 38 parts urban and rural, stretching to the Bering Sea. House District 37 splits the Aleutian chain.
The plaintiffs are two Fairbanks-area residents.
The Alaska Redistricting Board is challenging the decision on Districts 37 and 38. Plaintiffs' attorney Michael Walleri says McConahy failed to recognize the dilution of voting rights in Fairbanks.
He plans to challenge McConahy's decision on District 6 and 38. He says McConahy also should have invalidated District 38 on equal protection grounds.