NEWTON, MA (USA) - A significantly upgraded version of Caliper’s Maptitude for Redistricting is now available. Maptitude for Redistricting is a specialized and powerful tool for political redistricting that enables state legislatures, political and public interest groups, local governments as well as motivated private citizens to create and advocate redistricting plans that meet their goals, adhere to legal requirements, and stand up to public scrutiny and legal challenges.
Unlike a general-purpose GIS, Maptitude for Redistricting streamlines the plan creation process for all types of political boundary definitions and provides all of the calculations and reports that redistricters want and need. It is the ideal tool for congressional redistricting as well as for all forms of local applications ranging from state legislative districts to city council and local school board districts.
As a user adjusts the boundaries of districts, Maptitude for Redistricting instantly reports and visualizes the consequences of these actions in terms of population balance and demographic and political composition. Districts can be drawn to consider multitudinous factors that could include race, communities of interest, political party registrations and voting outcomes, district compactness, and the location of incumbents’ residences. Compatiblity with a wide array of data formats facilitates incorporation of both public and private data in the redistricting process.
As redistricters prepare for the start of this decade’s redistricting cycle with the publication of the 2020 Census data early in 2021, they will have access to a host of cutting-edge features in Maptitude for Redistricting 2020 that are not found in any other software. The new tools include calculation of accurate measures of travel contiguity, automated creation and evaluation of thousands of potential district plans (sometimes referred to as ensembles), and an automated, intelligent assistant for creating balanced and compact districts.
It can be a great challenge to deal with hundreds of plan alternatives, including those developed by the public. Maptitude for Redistricting also includes extensive tools for organizing and comparing alternative plans. Districts drawn in any manner can be evaluated for fairness in representation and the presence of racial and political gerrymanders.
Caliper has also developed a companion web tool, Maptitude for Online Redistricting, that is the ultimate solution for providing public access and participation in the redistricting process.
Designed with the help of redistricting professionals, Maptitude for Redistricting is easy to learn and use. It is used by a majority of state legislatures, both national political parties, independent commissions, many cities and counties, and numerous public interest groups.
Maptitude for Redistricting is the professional tool for political redistricting. The ease-of-use, fitness-for-purpose, and competitive pricing of Maptitude for Redistricting have made Maptitude the dominant product for political redistricting. Maptitude provides measures and reports that support the creation of fair and balanced districts. Maptitude is constantly enhanced and provides modern tools for exploring redistricting problems. Maptitude was used to democratize redistricting in California and is used by the majority of redistricters, from independent commissions, non-profits, and civil rights groups, to the courts and political parties.