The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) department at the Merced County Association of Governments (MCAG) has had a role in the redistricting process for a dozen school districts in Merced and Nevada counties, as well as a water district in San Joaquin County.
Redistricting is the process of drawing new voting boundaries in order to equalize district populations. Since the mid-1900s redistricting has occurred every 10 years after the U.S. Census. MCAG has worked on local redistricting projects since the 2000 census.
MCAG creates a variety of map scenarios for each district to consider when evaluating their voting boundaries, according to a news release. Each scenario must equally distribute the population among each district, must maintain any districts that have a minority population greater than 50 percent, and existing incumbents must remain in their districts. "Overall, the final product must make sense statistically and geographically," Rich Green, manager of the GIS department, saidin the release.
MCAG has three additional school districts in San Joaquin County that have requested their services.
Merced Community College, Merced Union High School, Atwater Elementary, Weaver Union, Merced City Schools, Legrand Elementary, Los Banos Unified Schools, and Livingston Schools have all received their clearance from the state and federal governments to proceed with their boundaries.
For more information about mapping services, contact Rich Green at email@example.com or (209) 723-3153 ext. 305. #