Interesting news about the upcoming 2020 census is coming to you from State Scoop:
Across the nation, officials overseeing geospatial information systems are looking to digital-mapping data to make their elections more efficient and fair. But time is running out to make that a reality as deadlines for the 2020 census approach.
Much of this work is happening through a project called Geo-Enabled Elections, which is led by the National States Geospatial Information Council and funded through a 2017 grant from the Democracy Fund Voice, a nonprofit that promotes healthy democratic governance.
Through the initiative, state GIS leaders are working to add geospatial data to existing election systems. On a new episode of StateScoop’s GIS Addressed podcast, leaders from state government, NSGIC and Democracy Fund Voice say states need GIS in their election systems now. They also say that waiting until after the 2020 census would postpone needed upgrades in how precincts are drawn and how voters receive correct ballots until 2030.
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