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Redistricting Resources and Operations
  -- creating balanced congressional and state legislative districts
  -- transitioning from Census 2010; preparing for Census 2020

The Census 2020 redistricting data will be delivered to states by March 2021. Preparations for use of these data and development of Census 2020-based plans should be underway by March 2020. Existing 2010-based plans should be in redistricting packages by late 2020.

This section focuses on use of tools and data for redistricting a state by congressional districts (CDs) and a state by state legislative districts (SLDs) using decennial census geographic and demographic data.

Using GIS & GeoDemographics
Whether you are a GIS user or not yet using GIS, you can benefit from our self-paced, online course Using GIS & GeoDemographics. Learn more about using wide-ranging geography and subject matter to perform redistricting operations. Evaluate existing plans. Learn about Census 2020 redistricting data file structures; access and use prototype data. Analyze characteristics of voters and voting patterns. Examine most recent voting precincts and related data. View how census block and city demographics related to congressional districts and state legislative districts in your state(s) of interest. See additional information.

Today one person can do what perhaps a team of 10 people would be required to do for a similar redistricting application following the 2010 census. Possibly more significant is the ability to convey alternative plans to a wider set of stakeholders, more easily and less expensively, through the Internet -- a capability which has grown almost infinitely.

The Constitutionally mandated reason for the decennial census is for Congressional reapportionment and the closely associated redistricting process. Decennial census geographic and demographic data resources for use in reapportionment and redistricting are described in a separate document.

Decennial census data are widely used in other types of districting applications. Local and state governments must redraw boundaries to reflect changes in population size and composition. Redistricting applications include redistricting state legislatures, other types of statewide geographic area redistrictings, regional management areas, sales territories, school districts (attendance areas and election areas), fire districts, police beats, city election districts, and other types of geography.

Role of GIS
Advancements in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) offer new, faster, less expensive, and [potentially] more accurate means of completing a successful redistricting operation. Advancements in Internet-related technologies make it inexpensively and readily achievable to make the results of multiple proposed plans available for viewing with a Web browser. As a result, more stakeholders have a better opportunity to review the scope of proposed alternative plans. Finally, the results of the plans remain something of a living resource--the GIS can be restarted at any time, if the components are all retained and documented, and revisions can be made without starting over with paper-sourced materials.

Redistricting Solutions
Resources listed below can help you implement effective redistricting solutions.
  • Review and monitor our unique resources to learn about existing geographic and demographic data developments and keep up-to-date on relevant new data resources and application issues. For example, here you can learn about new Census 2010/2020 census block level data from P.L. 94-171 and Summary File 1, what level of subject detail is available. how to access the data, and find related sources of reference and data user information.
  • Attend the Data Analytics Web Sessions learn how to use software and data resources. If necessary, consider a custom session focused on your redistricting needs to meet your specific needs.
  • Download Census 2010/2020 geographic and demographic data resources that can be "plugged directly into" the redistricting processes. For example, you can download Census 2000 county by census block map files (and many other popular geographic layers) in shapefile format for your free unlimited use.
  • Use the tools to convert no-cost downloaded ASCII Census 2010/2020 data from the Census Bureau web server into database structure.
  • Use the data integration tools to automatically integrate the Census 2010/2020 demographic data into map files in shapefile format.
  • Explore web-accessible interactive maps with alternative plans made available on the Web. This type of facility enables any stakeholder with a web browser to access and compare alternative plans.
  • Contact ProximityOne for assistance with the collective process of redistricting. We can help develop basic specialized geographic concordance data files needed for the redistricting process, assist in setting redistricting determinant factors and acceptable deviations between districts, and even and provide all provide the integrated set of redistricting data files and software, prepare a base plan, support the collective process of developing alternative plans, and facilitate or directly implement web-based browser access to redistricting plans through use of Internet tools, open architecture, mapserver operation.
CV XE GIS Redistricting Resources
Using CV XE GIS to perform redistricting in a Windows environment requires these elements:
  • Map boundary files that contain the small area geographic unit building block geography for the area to be redistricted.
  • A cross-reference file that associates each of the unit building blocks in the map files to an initial district within the area to be redistricted (a file version of a base/starting point plan).
  • The demographic data that will be used as the basis for redrawing the districts in the properly structured file covered the area to be redistricted.
  • An understanding of the demographic subject matter factors and how acceptable deviations from district to district will be defined/applied.
  • CV XE GIS software.
  • ProximityOne support services or staff who can develop, integrate, and operate these components.
Successful Redistricting Solutions
The key to successful use of any set of software and data software to develop district plans extension involves 1) understanding how to establish the base data that convey the "starting point" for the plan and 2) how to define parameters and deviations acceptable in the redistricting process, and 3) acquiring and making the data components available in the required formats and locations.

GIS software can then help create a plan and alternative plans. The mapping software helps you create and view a plan, manipulate and assign district elements (e.g. census blocks), and dynamically recalculate statistical measures for the districts.

Support Using these Resources
Learn more about demographic economic data and related analytical tools. Join us in a Data Analytics Lab session. Each informal session is focused on a specific topic. The open structure also provides for Q&A and discussion of application issues of interest to participants.

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Additional Information
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