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New York City Board of Elections

The NYC Board of Elections was in a bind. They had just a few weeks left to redraw their 5,000 precincts. Three days after they selected Maptitude P&E, we were on-site training their staff. In just five days they had nearly completed the project!

It goes without saying that the NYC BOE is extremely pleased with Caliper Corporation's software and support. Of course, they have only scratched the surface of what they can accomplish with Maptitude P&E. In addition to reprecincting, they are now using Maptitude P&E to create precinct map books, metes and bounds reports, street index files and reports, precinct splits, and unique ballot styles for each election. They are able to geocode and map voters, count voters and party registrants for each precinct, precinct split, and ballot style, add new streets, edit geographic boundaries (e.g., city annexations) and much more.

Maptitude P&E Saves New York City $1 Million Every Year!

The New York City Board of Elections uses Maptitude P&E in its central office as well as in New York's five boroughs. Perhaps their most significant accomplishment to date has been eliminating the annual $1 million map production cost. Not only were the numerous election district maps expensive to produce, but by the time they were ready they were either out-of-date or it was too late in the election cycle for them to be of much value. Today, using Maptitude, the NYC BOE is able to redraw their election districts in a matter of days and create both PDF maps for their web site and in-house printed maps. To see some of their Maptitude-created maps, visit their web site, http://www.vote.nyc.ny.us/maps.jsp. Each map displays the election districts in a particular assembly district.

Orange County California Registrar of Voters

The Orange County (California) Registrar of Voters office has embraced Maptitude for Precinct and Election Management (Maptitude P&E) and given it a key role in their preparation for the 2004 general election and future elections. Using the special tools found in the software, they created geographic layers for precincts, portions (precinct splits), ballot styles, voting precincts, polling sites, language assistance, and voting precinct clusters for polling site coordinators. Click here to read the complete case study.

Johnson County Elections Office

The Johnson County (KS) Elections Office is using Maptitude P&E in a big way, with many additional plans for the near future. Here's a list of their current activities.

Internal mapping for daily system use:

  • Countywide and individual city maps of ward and precinct areas.
  • District maps of Senate, Representative and County Commissioners areas featuring photographs of elected officials attached to respective areas.
  • School district maps detailing precinct areas.
  • Drainage district maps detailing precinct areas.

Election oriented mapping:

  • Set-up area maps for locating polling places.
  • Field supervisor maps defining areas of technical support on election day.
  • Drop-off area maps for return of results on election night.
  • Countywide drop-off site map detailing polling places and associated results drop-off locations.
  • Countywide polling place map for detailing locations available and used for any given election.
  • Countywide election results by precinct presented on web site.
  • Driving directions and area road maps to satellite voting locations for advance voting.

Integration of Maptitude data:

  • Verification of polling place locations geocoded in Maptitude by address to information stored in Election Systems Management software used to maintain and conduct elections.
  • Attaching spatial data (longitude and latitude) to registered voters for maintenance functions in Election Systems Management software. Other spatial data attached to a voter's record may associate district location and other election oriented items such as elected officials. This information becomes vital to assessing whether a voter whose geocode falls on or near a district boundary would be issued a ballot containing any particular race for which a voter has choice.

Delivery and market scope.

  • Availability of maps online to staff via office intranet.
  • Presentation of election related information on the internet.
  • Maps for resale to public.
  • Voter information package.

Caliper created a census block geographic layer based on the geographically-accurate county GIS map base. The elections office can use the redistricting tools in Maptitude P&E to aggregate the blocks to create precincts, county council, school, congressional, state legislative, and other district layers. The end result will be that all relevant layers will overlay perfectly, enabling Maptitude P&E to perform its "magic" of creating street index files, precinct splits, ballot styles, metes and bounds reports, etc. Caliper will aggregate the blocks to create a census tract layer and attach the census data to the block and tract layers, enabling the elections office to create maps showing detailed census data. Caliper is also working with Election.com to create an interface between their VR software, which is used by Johnson County Elections, and Maptitude P&E.

Read a case study by Connie Schmidt, Election Commissioner (PDF).

Alaska Division of Elections

The Alaska Division of Elections had a lot of 200 mile-long problems. They needed to create new precinct boundaries for the entire state and wanted to use the Census Bureau’s TIGER geography as the base. The only problem was that some of their census blocks were over 200 miles long, spanning the entire length of bays and canals (and more than a few glaciers)! In addition to needing to chop up these huge blocks into pieces that followed the desired precinct lines, they also wanted to add new segments to the underlying line layer that Maptitude P&E uses to automatically create the metes and bounds report and street index file.

The solution was to use the multi-layer geographic editing tools in Maptitude P&E. First, they added new segments to the line layer where they wanted new precinct boundaries. Then they selected the appropriate segments and had Maptitude P&E split the blocks into pieces with boundaries that perfectly followed these segments. The central office in Juneau performed the work and transmitted the results to the four district offices.

El Paso County Elections

Caliper is working as a subcontractor to Diebold Election Systems to implement Maptitude P&E at the El Paso County Elections office. There are two main thrusts to the effort. The first is to move all of the precinct and district boundaries from the Census TIGER maps to the more-accurate county GIS map base. The second is to integrate Maptitude P&E with the Diebold election software and the Election.com voter registration software.

In El Paso, precinct boundaries are defined by street segments, railroads, water features, municipal boundaries, and invisible features. We obtained Shapefiles for streets, railroads, water features, and municipal boundaries from the county's Road and Bridge Department. We overlayed these layers to create a single line layer, in Maptitude format, of line pieces. For example, where a railroad segment crossed a street segment, we split both segments in two at the point of intersection. We then used Maptitude P&E's geographic editing tools to add the invisible features to the line layer, such as the Franklin Mountains ridge line.

Next, we used the multi-layer geographic editing tools in Maptitude P&E to select the lines that defined each precinct and started building the precinct polygons.

Once the precinct layer is complete, El Paso will use the redistricting tools in Maptitude P&E to aggregate precincts into congressional, state legislative, and other district layers. They will define school districts from split precincts. The end result will be that all relevant layers will overlay perfectly, enabling Maptitude P&E to perform its "magic" of creating street index files, precinct splits, ballot styles, metes and bounds reports, etc.

Maryland State Archives and State Board of Elections

 Caliper Corporation has developed an interactive-mapping application for the Maryland State Archives and the State Board of Elections. The web-based application makes it easy for Maryland residents to access information about their representatives to the Maryland General Assembly and to the U.S. Congress. It is designed to show the precinct the voter is in as well as the polling place. This is just one of the many ways that you can deploy our software to improve the election process and qualify for HAVA funding.

Rose Institute at Claremont McKenna College

The Rose Institute at Claremont McKenna College conducts and publishes research primarily on California government and politics. Using computer technology, students and faculty in the Rose Institute advance knowledge about politics and help create services that make the political process more democratic. Through the development of large computerized databases and advanced geographic retrieval systems, students become involved in projects focusing on such topics as redistricting, fiscal analysis, demographics, survey research, and legislative regulatory analysis. (You can learn more about the Rose Institute at http://rose.claremontmckenna.edu.)

The Rose Institute uses Maptitude, Maptitude for Redistricting, Maptitude for Precinct and Election Management, and Political Maptitude. Here is what the Rose Institute has to say about Caliper Corporation in its 2005 report, "Restoring the Competitive Edge: California's Need for Redistricting Reform and the Likely Impact of Proposition 77":

"Their longstanding and generous support makes possible all of the Rose Institute's demographic, redistricting, and geographic information systems (GIS) research. Their outstanding, powerful and easy-to-use Maptitude software enables us to train our students up from GIS novices to expert users in only a few hours, and the software's extensive analytic capabilities provide the service and power needed for our work."