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November 2005 dot Temple Terrace, FL dot www.icwmaps.com VOL. 2 NO.3 - star$.50

What Did Florida Do

In The 1995 Redistricting Data Program?

Attached is a copy of the letter Florida leaders signed declining participation. Despite attempts in 1996 by the people at ICW to prevail upon the leadership to allow SOE’s to participate, the policy expressed in the letter was final.

This historical decision emphasizes the importance of your role and the benefits for your county with your participation this decade.

GeoElections® Enhanced

Enhancements include:

  • New point-to-line.
  • New Scheduler.
  • New Legal Descriptions.
  • New Multi-Unit file
  • New Map Maker
  • And many other features.


The scheduler can update the VR during off peak hours.

Be A Player

Ante Up For 2010

It appears Florida will participate in the 2010 Census Redistricting Data Program and the SOE in each county will be invited to make a GIS data contribution. This is great news for all 67 counties and excellent for the GeoElections® client base.

The GIS base for the GeoElections® user is the US Census TIGER/Line Files (i.e. roads, blocks, etc.). The blocks are assigned to one or more geopolitical boundaries (GB) used to determine ballot style. The blocks are then aggregated to define precincts. When a GB crosses a block the result is a block split. Typically these are defined with new lines added to the TIGER database. These are the lines GeoElections® users will want added to the 2010 TIGER/Line Files for their own county. You can also add lines anticipated to define blocks need into the next decade.

As stated in the Federal Register/Vol. 69, No. 93/Thursday May 13, 2004 page 26547, “…States that choose to participate in Phase 2 will receive on a flow basis, geographic products (maps and/or computer files) for their use in submitting to the Census Bureau the voting districts and suggestions for the Census 2010 tabulation census block inventory.”


In 1995 ICW was awarded a contract from the Secretary of State of Wyoming in to build software for use in Phases 1 and 2.

4th Annual GeoElections User’s Conference:

It is not too late to attend.

This year the theme is;
Four Points of the Compass The 4th Annual GeoElections User’s Conference is scheduled for December 5th, 6th and 7th. This year the conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel located on the University of South Florida campus.


Guest Speakers Wanted

Last year’s guest speakers were an overwhelming success. They included: Darlene Walker and Scott Miller (Clay County), Andy Montgomery (Duval County), Barbara Curtis (Pinellas County), and Chuck Smith (Hillsborough County).


If you are interested in participating as a guest speaker, please contact Kristian Gilbert.