ELECTIONS with GIS
Does America’s electoral system know where each voter resides? By and large, yes. But not nearly well enough to correctly place every voter in the right voting district and avoid election errors. Integrating GIS in elections increases election accuracy and efficiency; however, few states and other election authorities have fully geo-enabled their elections. NSGIC partnered with states and subject matter experts to develop five best practices for implementing GIS in elections.
Learn about the five best practices for geo-enabling elections and how states can benefit from integrating GIS in elections.
More detail about the five best practices, including policy and technical considerations.
for IMPLEMENTING GIS IN ELECTIONS
TEAM OF SPECIALISTS
VOTING UNIT GIS LAYERS
CONTEXTUAL GIS LAYERS
DATA VALIDATION PROCESSES
Other helpful tools to get started
Need help getting the conversation started in your state? NSGIC has developed a helpful tool for that. Five Questions Election Directors Can Ask Their State GIO
For more information on the state of GIS in elections across the country, please refer to these reports from the Geo-Enabled Elections project.
THE GEO-ENABLED ELECTIONS PROJECT
NSGIC’s Geo-Elections Elections project was created in 2017 to assist states in implementing GIS technology in elections. The need for this technology will become more urgent as 2021 nationwide redistricting draws near. GIS technology is particularly helpful for reducing the risk of errors when voters are re-allocated to new districts following a redrawing of district boundaries. During 2020 and 2021, the Geo-Enabled Elections project will continue to raise awareness and support states in integrating GIS in elections. The project will partner with pilot states to expand adoption and refine recommendations; any state interested in participating may contact the project here.