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.
Des Moines Examiner (IA) - Thursday, February 2, 2012
Five Iowa Senators resigned their posts Wednesday as a result of the state’s redistricting. Redistricting placed the five outgoing Senators in the same district with another Senator. Rather than run for election in two years, the departing Senators choose to resign.
Republicans Jim Seymour (Woodbine) and Robert Bacon (Maxwell) handed their seats over to fellow Republicans Nancy Boettger (Harlan) and Bill Dix (Shell Rock). Democrat Tom Hancock, who is expected to retire, gave way to fellow Democrat Tod Bowman (Maqouketa). The two other districts saw party turnover. Democrat Jack Kibbie (Emmetsburg) forfeited his seat to Republican David Johnson (Ocheyedan) and Republican Pat Ward surrendered her seat to Democrat Matt McCoy. Both Ward and Kibbie faced difficult reelection campaigns. While Hancock is planning to retire, the other four outgoing may choose to run for another spot in the Senate or in the House.
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