GIS is a digital tool that informs and analyzes spatial data for political scientists, city planners and engineers, and those interested in redistricting. In fact, a more practical use of GIS in politics is its ability to help with redistricting. Manually, the process of redistricting has traditionally played out as an expensive, and inexact, process.
Today, Geographic Information Systems allow a digital solution to this complex process. GIS uses census data, the voting results of past elections, and new demographic information to identify important trends. Exceptional Software Strategies offers GIS solutions for public and private use. To learn more, check out our offers page or contact us today.
How Does GIS Work?
Geographic Information Systems manipulate geographic and statistical data to make determinations on behavior. This information has a broad range of government applications. Urban planning experts and traffic engineers use it to plan roads, traffic lights, and assign house addresses. The software is extremely capable at making district determinations. GIS can overlay maps vertically and break down population density maps to analyze the behavior of multiple voting precincts at once.
Rudimentary mapping technology was first created in the 1980s. The first mapping software created 100 different voting scenarios for $90,000 on average. Currently, GIS technology produces tens of thousands of solutions for about $5,000.
Expanding Political Influence
GIS allows political leaders greater precision when redistricting, but it has also involved the public. A few counties in Arizona and most of Texas have a resource that allows citizens to construct their own district lines. This cloud-based data gives politicians direct feedback from the public.
Greater public involvement in the redistricting process will limit gerrymandering and political arguments. Neighbors can band together and identify as a community unit, instead of finding themselves continually split by random boundaries motivated by politics.
For more information on the potentials of GIS, or to seek a GIS solution, contact Exceptional Software Strategies today!