Tuesday, November 4, 2008

What we should have had today

We needed a Google Map with the following information:

Polling locations
Ballot drop boxes
Post offices w/ closing times
Mailboxes w/ pickup times
Address search like the caucus location map
Local voter alert phone numbers, and the location of the staging locations

type in an address or click on the map, and it shows you all the above information.

2009, here we come.

Zipcodes, too cool!



Sunday, November 2, 2008

Adams County Precincts


Although there are some questions about how useful the Census Voting District Maps are for our purposes, they seem to be the only available shapefiles I can find, so I'm going to run with them until we find something better.

Election History

The Secretary of State's office hosted the Auditor's pages for a while, at least long enough for Google to grab cached copies of them. Good enough for us.

First step, download the voting district map. Open that up in MapWindow GIS. Go to Color Scheme, and set the attribute to County, and give a red color to any shape where county = 001, meaning Adams. Here is the result:

I'm trying to figure out how to open and manipulate the .dbf file that comes with shapefiles. I've tried OpenOffice Calc, and I can open the file and change it, but when I save it the format gets screwed up.