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.
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) -- Only one statewide ballot measure remains too close to call. KCBS reporter Doug Sovern say it appears that Proposition 11, the redistricting measure, will pass, but it's still not official.
Governor Schwarzenegger has declared victory already, saying voters did approve his redistricting plan, Prop 11. It is ahead, 50.7 percent to 49.3, but that's a margin of only 129,000 votes. Ten million have been counted, and there are almost three million still to go.
If it does end up winning, former San Francisco Mayor, and longtime Assembly Speaker Willie Brown says Prop. 11 could well be challenged in court, especially if the new 14-member redistricting commission draws a map that lowers the number of minorities in the legislature.
"The courts have thrown out plans that clearly disadvantaged people of color from gaining representation," said Brown.
But supporters, including the governor, are confident the measure will be upheld. If it is, Brown says, it should lead to some new faces in Sacramento, four years from now.
"It will create, I think, an opportunity for newcomers to get elected to public office, because it will not be tailor-made, and designed for incumbents," said Brown.
AUDIO: Doug Sovern Reports
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