Interactive Map Helps Citizens Locate Where To Vote

October 26, 2006 – The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre Community Geomatics Centre (CGC) has developed an interactive map, publicly available on the city of Sault Ste. Marie’s website, to help the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie locate the correct voting locations for the upcoming municipal election.

"The Interactive 'Where to Vote' map is another way that GIS can assist the community," said Paul Beach, Program Manager, CGC. "The online tool is accessible at any time on the homepage of the City website and very easy to use."

To use the ‘Where to Vote’ map, users enter their address information by typing their residence number in the civic number box, selecting the street name from the drop-down menu and clicking the “go” button. The interactive map processes the request and zooms in to the appropriate voting location where the name of the building and address pop up on the screen and the corresponding voting location is marked with a star.

At street level, the interactive map also identifies the voting subdivisions and by selecting the ‘zoom to full extent’ tool, users can view the ward boundaries. Users can use the interactive zoom tools to zoom in and out and the hand tool to move the map.

The ‘Where to Vote’ map is one of several interactive maps found on the city of Sault Ste. Marie’s website using Geographical Information System (GIS) to benefit the community. Other interactive maps available on the city of Sault Ste. Marie’s website include the Heritage Features map, the Interactive Address Locator and the Official Plan.

About Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre was founded in 1999 as a catalyst for economic development activities in the IT and knowledge based sectors in the Algoma District. It works closely with community partners to enhance and improve IT sector opportunities.

The Innovation Centre is focused on three core areas: the operation of a business incubator to encourage the establishment and growth of technology start-ups; the provision of support services to the SME (Small to Medium Enterprise) IT community and the development of strategic markets such as the highly successful GIS project. The Innovation Centre has developed and implemented an award-winning GIS product, which serves a number of municipal customers and is responsible for the growth of private sector GIS firms in the Algoma District.

Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
1520 Queen Street East, NW 307
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2G4
Telephone: 705-942-7927
www.ssmic.com

For More Information Contact:
Sarah Watson
Communications Manager
Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
705-942-7927 ext.3122
Email Contact

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