Alaska Democratic Party releases functional redistricting maps
Redistricting Board maps inadequate for citizens to use in public comment process
ANCHORAGE: Today the Alaska Democratic Party released interactive redistricting maps which citizens can use to analyze the Redistricting Board’s map options.
“Redistricting should be an open, transparent process that is accessible to all Alaskans. It is unfortunate that most of the Redistricting Board’s maps lack sufficient detail for many citizens to use,” said Mike Wenstrup, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party.
The Redistricting Board’s website includes maps in pdf format, most of which lack road names or geographic features. The Redistricting Board has more detailed maps available in GIS, but most Alaskans do not have GIS software or training. In addition to lacking road names and geographic features, the Redistricting Board’s pdf maps lack an interactive feature which would allow citizens to enter their address and find out which districts they would live in. As a result, it can be difficult for citizens to determine the districts in which they might live following the next round of redistricting.
The Alaska Democratic Party overlaid the Redistricting Board’s maps into Google Earth, which allows citizens to zoom in and view district boundaries in relationship to named roads and geographic boundaries such as rivers, lakes, and mountains. In addition, the party’s map layer has an interactive feature which allows citizens to enter their address and find out which districts they would live in for each of the Redistricting Board’s 11 draft maps.
To use the party’s maps, download Google Earth for free and load the layer for each of the maps proposed by the Redistricting Board. Once users have downloaded Google Earth and the proposed maps, they can see where their home would be located by using the “Search” field in the left toolbar:
Each of the Redistricting Board’s maps is available at the Alaska Democratic Party’s website or through these links:
Board Draft plan - A
Board Draft plan - B
Board Draft plan - C
Board Draft plan - D
Board Draft plan - E
Board Draft plan - F
Board Draft plan - G
Third Party plan - AFFER
Third Party plan - Calista
Third Party plan - Gazewood and Weiner
Third Party plan - Ketchikan Gateway Borough
Once users have downloaded Google Earth and the proposed maps, they can see where their home would be located by using the “Search” field in the left toolbar.
Posted: June 27, 2013