How do I automatically map incumbents using the locate tools?

Maptitude for Redistricting has a Locate Wizard that will automatically map incumbents and apply the next best level of accuracy for un-found locations. You can control exactly which locate methods you want to apply and once your records are located, Maptitude for Redistricting reports the method used to place each pushpin. The following article will outline how to locate your records with the Locate Wizard:

  1. Open a table or spreadsheet containing the incumbents you want to locate on a map.
  2. Choose Tools>Locate>Locate Wizard to open the Locate Wizard dialog box.
  3. Enter a name for the new point layer you will create in the Name edit box.
  4. Choose whether to locate all records or a selection set from the Records drop-down list.
  5. Verify that Maptitude has correctly chosen the ID and address fields in the other drop-down lists.
  6. Check the boxes next to the methods you want to use. Maptitude will attempt to locate the records with the first checked method and then attempt to locate records it could not find with each successive chosen method. For example, in the United States country package you can choose as follows (in decreasing order of accuracy):

By Address and ZIP Code

Locates records where the number, street, and ZIP Code in your data exactly match those in the Maptitude street file

By Address and Nearby ZIP Code

Locates records looking for a number and street match in a nearby ZIP Code to the one specified in your data

By Address and City/State

Locates records looking for a number and street match anywhere in the city specified in your data

Scattered within the ZIP Code

Locates the records centered or scattered within the ZIP Code specified in your data

Scattered within the City

Locates the records centered or scattered near the city center specified in your data

Click OK. Maptitude for Redistricting will attempt to locate each record using the most precise method possible from the ones you chose. Maptitude then reports the number of records located using each method. Click OK to close the report.

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