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1  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Nationwide precinct map project? on: Today at 02:22:25 am
I uploaded the relevant shapefiles here, if anyone is interested.  PM me if you need specific info on how to use them in MapWindow GIS.  I use MapWindow GIS 4.7.5, an older version, because later versions don't support saved color schemes.
2  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Nationwide precinct map project? on: January 27, 2015, 11:49:12 pm
Here are revised images with Kentucky (Click on the image for a larger view):

Nationwide:


Mid-South:


Mid-South couldn't be hosted in our gallery because the picture size is too large.

Here is a link to the new Southeast Google Fusion Tables Map, which includes Kentucky:
Southeast

I am also going to make the shapefiles available for those who want to download them and use a GIS program to view later tonight or tomorrow.  I'm not sure if we can include Kentucky in the download for legal reasons, though.  Adam Griffin has asked for clarification.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Nuclear Preparedness Act (Debating) on: January 27, 2015, 10:08:31 pm
I don't think the Northeast can spare $500 million to let kids play a video game in school.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Northeast Right to Life Act (Voting) on: January 27, 2015, 10:07:05 pm
Abstain
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: Celebration of Female Enmancipation Act (Voting) on: January 27, 2015, 10:06:03 pm
Nay
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: NYS Assembly Speaker Silver (D) Arrested on Corruption Charges on: January 27, 2015, 10:05:07 pm

There won't be a five-headed hyrdra in charge.  Majority Leader Joseph Morelle of Rochester will serve as interim speaker until February 10, when there will be an election.
7  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Nationwide precinct map project? on: January 27, 2015, 05:48:04 pm
Yes, the Harvard archive appeared to be almost all pre-2012 maps while Strauss' collection, while helpful, is missing the remaining states I need (and his MD file had issues when I tried to use it).

There is a little Colorado data on the Open Colorado website - just Denver, Boulder and Gilpin Counties.

You might be able to ask WNYC radio where they got their NYC shapefiles.  They have been putting real-time NYC precinct-level results up on election night.
8  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Great work guys, these maps look awesome on: January 27, 2015, 05:07:30 pm
Hello everyone, new forum user here, I write occasionally for the Daily Kos Elections front page.

Do any of you happen to have or know where I might find 2012 precinct boundary shapefiles for Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Ohio, and Washington state (preferably statewide but select counties help too)? I'm working on a project for DKE and some of these shapefiles have been impossible to track down or county clerks want to charge and arm and a leg for them. Thanks

Also on this thread's subject topic, a long while back I made a simple cut and paste map of all 48 states plus DC where DRA has 2008 presidential data. It doesn't look as good as a GIS-rendered map of course, but it uses the old-DRA color scheme and was 10,000px wide (zoom level Cool. Maybe Miles will post it for me since the Atlas won't let me include linked images yet.

Did you try the Harvard Election Data Archive or Aaron Strauss' Github page?  They might have what you're looking for. 
9  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Nationwide precinct map project? on: January 27, 2015, 01:56:26 pm
Good news!  Adam Griffin successfully obtained the missing KY shapefile from the relevant KY authority.  So I can add KY to the maps.  Would you prefer I add KY to the Southeast regional Google Maps (where it probably belongs) or the Great Lakes map so that we can see the Cincinnati metro in full?

I shouid have new maps posted tonight.
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Haverford Act (Voting) on: January 27, 2015, 03:31:05 am
*We've debated the "no age limit" provision before and gone over it in the repeal of the Pornography Liberalization Act. In fact, this bill was proposed because I had an idea for age of consent reform that needed to be addressed - the current law on the books has a five-year age gap that allows a 13-year-old to have sex with an 18-year-old, and I proposed this because it needs to change.

Bottom line is, I won't allow my age of consent reform to be held hostage over an issue that the Assembly already settled.

*I'm fairly sure Part III is a typo.

Well, I wish I was a Representative during the debate period.  The references in the bill as drafted don't make sense.  I can't vote to further muddy the law with strained references.

Plus, is anything in Atlasia truly settled?  We argue about the same things over and over and over again.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE3: Celebration of Female Enmancipation Act (Debating) on: January 27, 2015, 02:53:22 am
I'm not sure that you can combine disparate pieces of legislation into an omnibus bill.  Article II, Section 12 of the New Northeast Constitution states: "Every piece of legislation shall relate to but one subject that is to be expressed in its title."

As to the bill, I oppose it.  We already have enough holidays.  And the anniversary of Roe v. Wade is not something that should be celebrated when about half the public opposes the decision.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Northeast Right to Life Act (Debating) on: January 27, 2015, 02:46:35 am
I can't vote for this bill in its current form.  The penalty is too severe for non-doctors, and it doesn't have exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother.  Also, the fine is nowhere near in line with a penalty for life imprisonment.  I might be able to support it if the penalty were removed or lessened for women seeking abortions.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE1: Haverford Act (Voting) on: January 27, 2015, 02:44:06 am
Nay. 

For starters, the Federal Bow Chick a Bow Wow Act only permits those over 14 to buy pornography.  This bill has no age limit.  Also, I'm not sure what Part III of the Act is supposed to say.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Swearing in of New Officeholders on: January 27, 2015, 02:24:10 am
I, cinyc, do solemnly affirm that I will faithfully execute the office of Northeast Representative and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitutions of the Republic of Atlasia and the Northeast Region, so help me Dave.
15  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Nationwide precinct map project? on: January 27, 2015, 01:10:13 am
I know the Kentucky precinct lines have changed just since 2008. In my county, for example, they carved out a new precinct called Fort Thomas T, which is uninhabited. This was so the Democratic parts of the county could be linked along precinct lines, allowing the Republican parts of the county to poke up between them.

Precinct lines shift election to election, more in some states than others.  It's not clear to what extent the 2010 VTD lines were actually used in 2008 in any state.  I still don't know how the professors who aggregated the data used on Dave's Redistricting App and these maps did it.
16  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Nationwide precinct map project? on: January 27, 2015, 12:58:13 am
Well this was interesting. I draw maps of neighborhoods in my area, and I try to show which candidate won each precinct - in addition to other features, such as roads, bike routes, major buildings, elevations, parks, etc. I have noticed that there's nowhere to find Kentucky precinct shapefiles, so I've had to use QGIS to create and edit my own shapefile. I just use a purple dotted line for the precinct lines.

Yeah, we couldn't find the Kentucky VTD lines, either.  Census used to have them (and Dave Bradlee included them in Dave's Redistricting App), but for some strange reason, Census' website doesn't have them any more.  Adam Griffin has a request into the relevant Kentucky authorities for the shapefile, which appear to be some state secret.  It's unclear whether they will provide us with it.
17  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Nationwide precinct map project? on: January 27, 2015, 12:06:10 am
I've put the maps onto Google Fusion Tables, using the Atlas Color Scheme.  Because of the limitations of Google's mapping software, they are really only good when zoomed in, to various levels depending on the size of the geography.   NYC and LA need to be fairly zoomed in; other areas not so much.  Unfortunately, I have to divide the maps into sections because the software really doesn't like it when you have more than 40,000 shapes.  Click on the name of the region below to get the regional map:

Northeast
Southeast
Great Lakes
Great Plains
West
Alaska & Hawaii

Because I went over 40,000 shapes in the West map, Seattle might not show up.  If it doesn't, you can click here for an alternative West Map that should include Seattle but doesn't have clickable percentage data.
18  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: TV stations of the 70's on: January 26, 2015, 08:20:56 pm
Since stations from Canada and Mexico spill over the border, does that mean some sort of allocation system was pre-negotiated between the FCC and its counterparts?

Yes (although technically the agreement was pre-negotiated between the State Department and its Canadian counterpart, not the FCC).  The U.S.-Canada agreement is available online here.
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: NY-11 Special Election Thread on: January 26, 2015, 05:05:03 pm
Cusick is out.  The likely Democratic nominee will be Vincent Gentile, a Brooklyn city councilman.

NY-11 Democrats still haven't learned not to nominate Brooklynites in a district that's mainly on Staten Island.  And nominating a city councilman will give Donovan the ability to easily tie Gentile to de Blasio, who is very disliked in the district.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: NYS Assembly Speaker Silver (D) Arrested on Corruption Charges on: January 25, 2015, 11:48:42 pm
Silver is stepping down as speaker, per the New York Daily News.  A committee of 5 Assemblymen will take his place while the trial process is ongoing.
21  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Nationwide precinct map project? on: January 25, 2015, 01:11:29 am
Finally, here are maps of the 2008 Presidential results in Alaska and Hawaii (Click on the picture for a larger view):

Alaska:


Hawaii:
22  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Nationwide precinct map project? on: January 25, 2015, 12:41:21 am
The bad news is that I haven't had any success in further combining the shapefiles, even when using a program to simplify the shapefiles.  Nor have I had success making even regional maps on Google Fusion.  Again, the files are probably too large.

The good news is that I was able to do is convert the regional shapefiles into 11 .kml files that can be viewed together or separately on Google Earth.  If I have set the Google Drive permissions right, they should be available for download here, if you're interested.  Please let me know if you can't download them.

There are 8 CONUS regional .kml files, plus one each for Alaska and Hawaii, and a US Water file to put on top if you don't like precincts bleeding into the ocean.
23  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Nationwide precinct map project? on: January 24, 2015, 06:28:51 pm
Do you have a full size image of the map available for viewing/download? Like, zooming into metro areas within one image?

Not yet.  It's not even one shapefile for MapWindowGIS purposes.  The files are probably too large.  Adam Griffin and I are working it, though.

We're trying to upload the image to Google Maps, but are running into size limitations.  I was able to put Missouri online as a test here, but when I tried to put the Southwest region on the maps, things crashed.
24  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Nationwide precinct map project? on: January 24, 2015, 06:03:16 pm
Regional closeups are below.  Since I started with California, I generally split the states along the border of Northern California stretched eastward.  I had to split the Southeast into Mid- and Deep South due to shapefile size.  As usual, click on the image for a larger view. Clockwise from the Northeast:

Northeast:


Mid-South:


Deep South:


South Central:


Southwest:


Northwest:


Upper Midwest:


Great Lakes:


I can zoom into any map level, so I can make maps of cities or metro areas by request.
25  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Nationwide precinct map project? on: January 24, 2015, 01:00:16 pm
Three states are missing.  Dave's Redistricting App doesn't have data for Oregon or Montana.  I can't find the VTD shapefile for Kentucky.  Should I fill in those states with county data instead of leaving them blank?

Using a more neutral color (gray?) that doesn't attract the eye so much as white does might be best.

I'm not sure if MapWindowGIS is compatible with layer files (.lyr) or external map servers but ESRI has a few options of varying quality that might serve as a base map. If you were using Desktop 10 I'd recommend light gray canvas.

I don't think MapWindowGIS is compatible with .lyr files.  But I could always add a grey county map layer underneath the other shapefiles so that it shows up only where there is no data. 
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