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Maptitude Quick-Start


The goal of redistricting is to create districts from smaller area such as precincts or counties in such a way that all of the districts have the same population or are within a very small deviation. This Quick Start Guide shows the typical steps that you will use to create districts.

Creating a Maptitude Online Redistricting User Account

1.   On the Maptitude Online Redistricting login page, click the New user link.

2.   Create a New User account with a login name and password. 
(Your user name must be one word and your password must have 8 characters. Your user name will appear at the top of any maps you print or email.)

Maptitude Online Redistricting Login 

After activating your account by confirming an email you will receive, you are ready to start.

 


Creating a New Plan

1.   Click the New Plan button in the Plan Manager:

Plan Manager

2.   Choose a starting point for your plan. You typically can choose whether to start from scratch with an empty plan or start from the current districts.

For this example, we will start by using the current districts and modify them to build balanced districts:

Choose Starting Point

3.   Type a name for your plan (or accept the default name) and click OK:

New Plan Name

Maptitude opens a map with the current district boundaries. You are ready to start changing the districts.
(If you chose to start from an empty plan, your map will have no district boundaries.)

 


Modifying the Districts in the Plan

Maptitude for Online Redistricting displays information about the districts on the map and in a table. The title bar of the table tells you how many districts are in the plan and the ideal value for each district. In the example below, each district should have 114,678 people for the plan to be balanced. The table also shows the population in each district for each district, its deviation from the ideal value, as well as demographic characteristics of each district. The map also lists the percent deviation from the ideal value for each district.

Maptitude for Online Redistricting Map and Table

By looking at the map and table, you can see which districts need adjusting. In the example above, you can see that you need to take population away from District 89 (5,595 over the ideal population value) and you need to add population to District 86 (5,565 under the ideal population value). To do this, you will make District 86 the TARGET DISTRICT and District 89 the SOURCE DISTRICT. You do this in the Redistricting Toolbox:

1.   Choose the district to which you will add population from the Target drop-down list or by choosing the Pick District tool Pick District Tool and then clicking the district on the map.

2.   Choose the district from which you will remove population from the Source drop-down list or choose All to choose features from any district.

Redistricting Toolbox

Notice the Selection drop-down list in the Redistricting Toolbox. This is the level at which you will be making changes. You can choose to move move entire counties, voting precincts, or even individual blocks. In this example, you will be moving Voting Districts from District 89 to District 86.

3.   Click Zoom to District Button in the Redistricting Toolbox to zoom the map to the chosen district or click the Zoom In tool Zoom In Tool on the map and then click and drag a rectangle on the part of the map you want to zoom to.

Notice that as you zoom in, labels that indicate the population in each individual feature will display to further help you identify candidate populations to move:

Map with population labels

4.   Use the Selection Tools to highlight the voting districts (or counties, blocks, tracts, etc.) to move from the Source District to the Target District. You have four tools from which to choose:

Tool How to Use It
Select Areas by Pointing Tool Click on each area to be moved individually. Every area you click is highlighted on the map.
Select Areas by Circle Tool Click on the map and drag a circle. All areas within or touching the circle are highlighted on the map.
Select Areas by Shape Tool Click a shape on the map and double-click to close it. All areas within or touching the shape are highlighted on the map.
Select Areas by Line Tool Click and draw a line on the map and double-click to end it. All areas the line goes through are highlighted on the map.

Notice that as you highlight areas to be moved, the Pending Changes table shows the effect on the Target and Source layers. You can continue to click on additional areas to get the deviation as close to zero as you can. For example, by choosing to move the highlighted precincts below from District 89 to District 86, the two districts will have populations within 0.1% of the ideal population.

Map with highlighted pending changes

If the Pending Changes table indicates that you have put too many people into a district, you may want to remove some areas from the highlight. Press and hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard while using any of the Selection Tools to remove areas from your pending changes.

5.    Click Save Changes Button in the Redistricting Toolbox to save the changes to the district. The map updates the boundary to the district and the population values in the table.

Map with updated boundaries

You can undo the change to the districts by clicking Undo Button in the Redistricting Toolbox.

 


Completing Changes to Districts

Once you have finished modifying a district you can "lock" it. This is to avoid accidentally clicking on a precinct, block, or other feature in that district and moving it to some other district you are working on.

1.   Choose the district to lock from the Target drop-down list or by  choosing the Pick District tool Pick District Tool and then clicking the district on the map.

2.   Click Settings Button in the Redistricting Toolbox.

3.   Check the Locked box.

Change District Settings

4.   Click OK.

 


Verifying and Submitting Your Plan

When you have finalized your plan you need to check if for errors. If your plan is free from errors you can submit it to the appropriate commission.

1.   Choose Find Unassigned Areas from the Plan Integrity menu. If any unassigned areas are found they will be listed in the Unassigned Areas toolbox.

Double-click any unassigned area in the list to zoom to its location (or highlight the area in the list and click  Zoom To Problem Area in the Unassigned Areas toolbox).

Choose a target district into which to move the unassigned area, select the area with one of the Selection Tools, and save the change.

Click Refresh Button in the Unassigned Areas toolbox to refresh the list and verify your changes.

2.   Choose  Find Non-Contiguous Districts from the Plan Integrity menu. If any non-contiguous areas are found they will be listed in the Non-Contiguous Areas toolbox.

Double-click any non-contiguous area in the list to zoom to its location (or highlight the area in the list and click  Zoom To Problem Area in the Non-Contiguous Areas toolbox).

Choose a target district into which to move the unassigned area, select the area with one of the Selection Tools, and save the change.

Click Refresh Button in the Non-Contiguous Areas toolbox to refresh the list and verify your changes.

3.   Click Submit Plan. Provide a description of your plan, provide contact information, and click OK.

 

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