Friday, March 28, 2008

Illinois Congressional Maps Finally Online

This is shocking to me. Just yesterday, I was talking with someone about how easy it is to find the boundaries of Congressional districts in other states and how difficult it is in Illinois. However, today I called the Illinois State Board of Elections and saw that sometime within the last two weeks it became a lot easier. The site has been updated. As of 6 months ago they had maps scanned to PDF so that they could be emailed out. Now they are all on the internet. Very convenient. This makes it so much easier for a newcomer to the process to figure out what is going on, esp. in the gerrymandered districts (Please see the 4th Congressional District of IL here, for an example of what Gerrymandered means). Thank you to the Illinois State Board of Elections for putting this online. - Allan

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