Jump to: navigation, search

Geographic information systems (GIS) help governments function more efficiently in some of their core responsibilities.

Massachusetts's 4th Congressional District


GIS can be used in the following ways:

  • Managing voter address data
  • Finding sites for polling locations
- Informing the public of polling locations via Web maps
- Reducing calls regarding polling information
  • Delivering election results
- GIS can streamline the delivery of election results
- Results can be displayed online


GIS can be used in the following ways:

  • Prototyping multiple redistricting scenarios.
  • Collecting, organizing, analyzing, and displaying population, demographic, and other types of information
  • Collaborating between elected officials and the public via Web maps and other media

Esri's solution for redistricting

Esri provides two solutions for government and citizens to assist in the redistricting process:

  • Esri Redistricting Online
- Esri's light-weight web-based application
- Integration with ArcGIS Online for sharing and collaborations with the GIS community
  • Districting for ArcGIS
- Free ArcGIS for Desktop add-on
- Provides easy redistricting analysis using ArcGIS for Desktop features

Applications of GIS

  • Maps can be a very valuable part of transparency in government.[1]
  • Esri Redistricting Online adds transparency to the redistricting process to promote collaboration and communication.[2]
  • Los Angeles County is giving its citizens the opportunity to propose new district boundaries through a comprehensive online redistricting application.[3]
  • The City of Sacramento is opening its redistricting process to the public with the help of a free online tool built on Esri technology.[4]
  • Alabama is using GIS to redraw its district lines statewide.[5] Using GIS and internet mapping, legislators can propose their boundary ideas and share those ideas with the public.
  • Developing a reliable, efficient product to support the redistricting process requires evaluating many factors.[6]


  1. Dangermond, Jack, Esri Insider. (October 14, 2011) Improving Government Transparency and Accountability
  2. Esri, ArcNews. (Spring 2011) Create and Share Redistricting Plans on the Web
  3. Meyertholen, Emily. (May 31, 2011) Los Angeles County Seeks Redistricting Input via Public App
  4. Meyertholen, Emily. (April 26, 2011) Sacramento Opens Redistricting to Citizens via Free Online App
  5. Meyertholen, Emily. (Jan. 18, 2011) Alabama Moves Its Redistricting Process to the Web
  6. Gainey, Kevin and Tim Johnson, ArcUser Online. Faster, Flexible Redistricting Application Built with MapObjects

External links

Participatory redistricting