Re: [govtrack] SWDB
- --- Scott Lay <scott@...> wrote:
> The registration statistics I use are fromSoS doesn't have precinct level digitized as far as I
> the Secretary of State's office, as it is more
> frequently updated
know (although they are avail in paper form at the
State Archives where one election = 20 boxes of
paper). I assume you just have the district, county,
and state totals right? From what I understand SWDB
gets their data from the Registrar/County Clerks.
Ideally both sources' totals should match.
FYI - A little birdy told me that the Not Cast tallies
in the SoS's SOV cannot be trusted for state AD and SD
races. They're actually discontinuing reporting that
info because nobody at the SoS wants to certify the
results!?! Pulling an ostrich (if we pretend the
problem doesn't exist it'll go away) instead of
actually fixing the issues. Did you notice they are
not reported for Nov 2004?
> (and thus more useful for the political community)I think precinct-level granularity is very useful. SoS
results are probably more practical because they
ultimately decide who goes to Washington/Sacramento.
The county data is where things get really interesting
though. Really we should be gathering both (SoS for
speed and County for detail).
> However, I'd obviously love to get more dataBTW, the offer to help you still stands. Email me if
you have specific plans/needs.
> Right now I have zip to district lookup ... I'd loveYou'd probably have to migrate to using
> for it to be dead-on.
precincts/census info for dead-on accuracy. Then you'd
also have to have people supply their full address
instead of just a zip. zip-to-district is a start
> I'd also love to have district maps. Unfortunately,But the data that identifies the various boundaries
> all the maps are protected by copyright
shouldn't be :) I know you use php... maybe PEAR's
Image_GIS would work? I'll take a look and see if I
can't put something together.
> and the GIS software is quite pricey; however,GRASS is the only OSS product I know of but it
> I'm now playing with some open source software that
> may enable publicly accessible maps.
seems to be relatively complete. That other company
(ersi) seems to have a stranglehold in government even
more profound then their big brother MS.
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