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, counties, 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.
Learnings from eleven states and five counties who worked to raise their levels of GIS in elections, as part of NSGIC’s pilot study program.
ALSO AVAILABLE: CASE STUDIES THAT HELP INFORM THE BEST PRACTICES
for IMPLEMENTING GIS IN ELECTIONS
Convening a team of specialists
Collecting & Sustaining a Voting unit GIS layer
implementing a GEOCODING STRATEGY
Assembling best available contextual layers
Defining & Implementing data validation processes
Other helpful tools to get started
Need help getting the work started? NSGIC has developed a number of useful tools for states and counties wishing to elevate their use of GIS in elections. Find Resources for Election Directors here.
Are you investing funds to upgrade your elections management system? Make sure your new voter registration system is capable of using GIS – or you may lock your state into outdated list-file technology for years. Use these sample RFPs to learn how.
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 and counties in implementing GIS in elections. The need for this technology is heightened as nationwide redistricting begins. GIS is particularly helpful for reducing the risk of errors when voters are re-allocated to new districts following a redrawing of district boundaries. The Geo-Enabled Elections project is committed to raising awareness and supporting jurisdictions in integrating GIS in elections. During 2021, the project’s focus is on developing advocacy and learning tools.