Alabama Moves Its Redistricting Process to the Web

Esri Redistricting Solution Combines Geospatial Analysis with Online Collaboration

Redlands, California—January 18, 2011—This year, the state of Alabama is redrawing its district lines using a flexible geographic information system (GIS)-based online platform. The Alabama Legislative Reapportionment Office procured a web-based redistricting solution from Esri that incorporates the collaborative capabilities of the Web with sophisticated geospatial analysis tools required for redistricting.

While the sharing of proposed district plans on the open web is gaining momentum, Alabama is one of the first states to bring its entire redistricting process online. Alabama opted for the web-based solution because it supports secure development of redistricting plans from numerous locations without the need to purchase, install, and maintain desktop software. Legislators can create plans, share them with specific groups, and evaluate each plan's viability and integrity before submitting to the Reapportionment Office for final review. The state also chose the online platform because it facilitates collaboration and data sharing with county governments as required by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits discriminatory redistricting practices.

Esri's web-based solutions make it easy to bring transparency to the redistricting process by enabling online sharing of district scenarios and the demographic data behind them. Because Esri redistricting solutions can incorporate basemaps, past census data, existing legislative districts, and projected demographic data, customers can begin to evaluate redistricting scenarios before official 2010 U.S. Census data is released in March. Customers can also incorporate their proprietary information into the application to create a data-rich resource that supports redistricting as well as future legislative and operational decision making.

To learn more about Esri's redistricting solutions or to request a quote, e-mail Email Contact.

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Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS technology, Esri software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at esri.com/news.



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