Monday, March 24, 2008

mapping voting districts

The AP reports there are 110,000 or so new voter registrations in the last 6 months. Is that a lot? I dunno, but it is good to keep in mind that every presidential year brings about a surge in registrations. I would guess that given the lack of heavily contested races, at least within the Democratic Party, in recent cycles there are some latent registrations that piled up going into this election.

But today (Monday the 24th) is the deadline to register to vote. You may also need to re-register if you have moved from wherever you were registered in the past. At the very least, your voter registration needs to be postmarked today, so just dropping it in the mail after last mail pickup may not be enough. So don't be late.

But here is something that is obviously a work in progress. A pseudo request in a comment here was for a map showing detailed street maps and voting districts... something that would help people figure out what voting district they live in if nothing else. This is slow, but I have figured out how to overlay City of Pittsburgh voting districts in google maps. It seems to work, but tasks the system a bit too much which is why I did it just for the city.... still pretty slow, but it works. Any suggestions that would make this work better appreciated.

Try this link if you want to give it a spin:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=http:%2F%2Fwww.briem.com%2Ftest3%2Fkml1.kmz&ie=UTF8&z=11

Update: I'll add more when I get around to it. Here are similar voting district overlays for:

Allegheny County outside the City of Pittsburgh
Armstrong County
Beaver County
Butler County
Fayette County
Washington County
Westmoreland County
Philadelphia
Montgomery County

and Eliz. P. points out you can just download the *.kmz files and load them directly into google earth where they run much better. If you want to just get the *.kml or *.kmz files directly they are here:

Allegheny County outside the City of Pittsburgh
Armstrong County
Beaver County
Butler County
Fayette County
Washington County
Westmoreland County
Philadelphia
Montgomery County

3 Comments:

Anonymous Elizabeth Perry said...

Nifty.

I find that the overlay is less crashy if I click on the button to download the KML file and view it in Google Earth. Then the data's all on my laptop.

Very helpful - thanks for doing this.

Sunday, March 23, 2008 11:54:00 PM  
Blogger Burgher Jon said...

Chris,

Thanks, it looks very helpful. I have a visitor this week and consequently will not have much time, but this weekend I want to take a crack at it in Google Earth. I was also thinking to optimize performance it might be useful to break it in to several maps (i.e. Voting Districts - South, Voting Districts - North, etc..). If you haven't already gotten around to it, I'll take a crack at that this weekend.

Burgher Jon

Monday, March 24, 2008 9:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very, very helpful, thanks. The city's map just has the boundaries, no street names. This is great!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 10:35:00 AM  

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