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Data Descriptions

This is the full list of the kinds of data included in our uploads

Precinct Boundary and Election Results
Precinct level election results merged with precinct boundaries are collected by our data partners. We peer review these files as part of our Partner Data Validation effort, and provide detailed reports for each validated dataset.
Voter Files
2021 Voter File data aggregated to 2010 census blocks are available for all states. This data was purchased by the Redistricting Data Hub from L2, a national voter file vendor. All states now reflect voter file data updated after 2020 general election data.
Incumbent Addresses
The incumbent address data gathered by Dr. Carl Klarner provides information about current incumbents, including their district number, party registration, gender, race and address. Users will need to request permission to download this data.
Population Projections
HaystaqDNA produced 2020 – 2030 population projections aggregated to the 2010 and 2020 census block and block group levels split into P1 and P2 fields of the PL redistricting file. They are available in CSV and SHP formats.
PL 94-171
The PL 94-171 dataset is the Redistricting Data File created by the U.S. Census Bureau for use by the states in redistricting based on the decennial census. In addition to tabulating the data, our team merged the census data with geographic information, so that it is ready to use in standard mapping softwares.
There are states that have a requirement for modifying the PL 94-171 data prior to redistricting, we maintain a references to those states’ constitutions, statutes, or other rules governing redistricting.
We have formatted a list of the fields and descriptions found in the PL 94-171 dataset found in the 2020 Census State Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File Technical Documentation
Legislative Boundaries
Legislative boundary files for 2011 to the present are re-hosted from All About Redistricting for each state.
American Community Survey (ACS)
Select fields from the American Community Survey 5-year estimates are available for 2010 to 2019 at the block group, census tract, county, and state level geographies in SHP and CSV format where applicable. The ACS collects a wide range of data, and on our site we host population totals by race and estimates for language spoken at home (not available at the block group level). For more information on field names, see the metadata of your desired dataset.
Citizen Voting Age Projections (CVAP)
CVAP Special Tabulation data available for 2010-2019 at the block, block group, census tract, county, and state level in both SHP and CSV format. Additional CVAP data is available at the Place, SLDU, SLDL, MCD, and Congressional Districts level for 2018 and 2019. Fields were modified to match OMB race categories as used in voting rights analysis. The CVAP data contains estimates by race (for Non-Hispanic/Latino) for total population (not available at the block group or tract levels), voting age population (not available at the block group or tract levels), citizen voting age population, and citizen population. For more information on field names, see the metadata of your desired dataset.
TIGER Boundary Files
Boundary shapefiles are available at several geographies within a state, including blocks, block groups, census tracts, counties, or the entire state. For some states, this may also include 2020 Zip Code Tabulated Areas ZCTAs, American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian AIANNH boundaries boundaries and Voting Tabulation Districts VTDs.

Articles

Read in depth descriptions of the kinds of data we host

American Community Survey (ACS)

This article explains the differences between the ACS and the Decennial Census, how data for the ACS are collected and processed, and how COVID-19 impacted ACS data collection and reporting.

Incumbent Address Data

This article discusses what incumbent address data is, what it is used for, who collected it, what is included in the data, how it was collected and processed, and how it can be accessed

TIGER Boundary Files

This article explains what TIGER boundary files can be used for, what is included in the data, how they were collected, and how they can be accessed on the RDH website.

Legislative Boundary Files

This article focuses on Legislative boundary files. It explains what boundary files can be used for, what is included in the data, how they were collected, and how they can be accessed on the RDH website.

Precinct Boundaries and Election Results

Learn more about election results and precinct boundary files, and how to use them in redistricting

Partner Data Validation

Learn more about how we ensure that the Election Results and Precinct Boundary files that we host is accurate and reproducible

Voter Files

Learn more about our voter files, which contain data on over 250 million Americans, and how to use these data in redistricting

Population Projections

Learn more about our population projections by census block, and how to use these projections in redistricting

PL 94-171

Learn more about the PL 94-171 dataset, and how our Data Team tabulates the data

Census Data

Learn more about the decennial census and how to use this data in redistricting

Our Process

Partner Validation

The Partner Data Validation project is an ongoing effort by our Data Analysts to peer-review the files we re-host from our Data Partners, who have taken on the task of collecting and making Precinct Boundaries joined with Election Results publicly available for redistricting. In looking at the data being collected, the RDH has identified six criteria which we believe encompass most issues that may arise with these data. For each state and data partner, the report that we are writing describes in detail what we found for each of these criteria.

We do this because data is critical to court cases. Finding an error that could discredit the dataset can be debilitating and lead to the failure of an argument or defense in court. Additionally, the reports created highlight the benefits and draw-backs of a given partner dataset.

GitHub

We use Python and the SciPy ecosystem (NumPy, Pandas, GeoPandas, MatPlotLib) to carry out the majority of our validation work. At a high level, our process begins by locating Election Results and Precinct Boundaries datasets, cleaning and merging Election Results to Precinct Boundaries, and then comparing the resulting file to the equivalent files produced by our Data Partners.

Our API script is available on our GitHub, in order for the script to retrieve data you must be a designated API user. Request access to our API

For more information about our processes and to view our source code, visit our GitHub

How to Use our Data

Data in the Redistricting Process

Read our Redistricting Readiness Checklist to learn how to use this data in the redistricting process

Redistricting Process

Visit All About Redistricting to learn more about the rules, criteria, and litigation in each state. The website has information about the redistricting process in each state, including the timing, whether and how public input is incorporated, and criteria. The website is a great resource to consult before using our data to draw maps!

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Metadata

All of the information you need about a given dataset will be included in the metadata, including column/variable names, methods and processing decisions, sources, dates when the data was retrieved, and any other valuable information about the file. If you have a specific question, please reach out to us!

Access Our Data

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