Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Online Redistricting

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Online Redistricting

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While civil rights groups and concerned faculty members at colleges and universities prepare to assist minority community groups on political reapportionment issues next April, one organization has put together an innovative online redistricting program that is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.

Developed by the Southern Regional Council (SRC) in Atlanta, the program connects SRC officials and members of a citizen's voter group through the Internet to develop a voting district plan while online. The program makes use of both Internet conferencing and GIS software to enable SRC officials to guide an individual or group of people through preparation of a mapped redistricting proposal.

Although the Census 2000 data release of April 1 opens the official period for redistricting by local and state governments, the SRC assisted community groups in Florida and Georgia through the online redistricting program earlier this year.

"It's a net conferencing approach. …

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