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.
Associated Press State Wire: Wisconsin (WI) - Wednesday, October 31, 2012
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state has entered into a settlement to pay more than $257,000 in attorneys' fees in a lawsuit brought by a group of Democrats who sued over newly drawn legislative boundaries.
The agreement to pay $257,500 to the law firm of Godfrey and Kahn was filed in federal court in Milwaukee on Wednesday.
The deal was agreed to by those who brought the lawsuit and the state Department of Justice.
Democrats and an immigrant-rights group challenged the constitutionality of the maps drawn by the Republican Legislature last year. They alleged in part that a new boundary unfairly divided one solid Latino bloc into two weaker ones.
A panel of three federal judges upheld most of the borders but ordered that a boundary between two Hispanic-rich Milwaukee districts be adjusted.