BETTER ELECTIONS WITH GIS
AVOID LOCATION ERRORS
Election errors can lead to lengthy legal processes and costly do-overs. Modern GIS technology transforms voter lists into geospatial pinpoints, and ensures that voters and candidates are placed in the right precinct.
MAKE REVIEWS EASY
Geospatial data made visual on a map are much easier to check for accuracy than lengthy voter address lists. The same technology used to locate a restaurant can make quality control of voter lists, and district updates, easier.
BOOST VOTER CONFIDENCE
When fewer errors are reported after an election, voters’ confidence that their voices are being heard increases, and their faith in the democratic system is strengthened.
RIGHT BALLOT TO RIGHT VOTER
GEOSPATIAL DATA CAN IMPROVE ELECTION ACCURACY
Many states already use GIS data for their emergency response systems or for land use purposes – but not for elections. Most state governments have a Geographic Information Officer (GIO), or equivalent, responsible for coordinating across various state and local GIS-based initiatives. NSGIC’s Geo-Enabled Elections project is promoting a stronger dialogue between Geographic Information Officers and Election Directors and is developing a set of best practices for states to leverage GIS data to ensure more effective and accurate elections.
The Geo-Enabled Elections Project
The Geo-Enabled Elections project was created to strengthen the accuracy and reliability of America’s electoral system and to increase voters’ confidence that their voices are being heard in each election. The project’s goal is to assist states and other election authorities in implementing GIS technology in elections, in order to ensure that voters are placed in the right voting district, receive the right ballot, and vote in the right electoral contests. Read more here
Utah had long considered integrating GIS data into its election processes, but it was the 2010 census that prompted the state to take action. Election administrators had observed that the changing of political boundaries at any level tended to expose the shortcomings...read more
“Placing voters within election boundaries is essential to enable a highly accurate election process. It’s hard to imagine relying on anything but a well-implemented GIS system for reliable boundaries and locating voters.”
Justin Lee, Election Director Utah
“Geo-enabled elections are accurate elections. GIS integration allows us to quickly, easily, and accurately pinpoint our voters to ensure they receive the correct ballot.”
Lori Augino, Election Director Washington
“GIS has been critical in improving Hawaii’s voter registration processes including online voter registration, which resulted in fewer paper registrations and better use of staff time. Additionally, during natural disasters, GIS has allowed us to quickly understand the impact on voters and plan for alternatives.”