Instructor: Inderpreet Singh Farmahan (Sunny) – ArDOT & Shelby Johnson - AGISO
Abstract: The redistricting process involves adjusting political subdivision boundaries by population so that each district is roughly equal in population, thus ensuring citizens equal representation by their elected officials. Redistricting typically occurs once each decade and the long periods in between may cause even the most seasoned professional to forget critical details. Additionally, new staff may require an overview of the process. GIS is tailor-made for redistricting, and it is inconceivable anyone would attempt redistricting without GIS. County commissioners, school boards, city councils, state house, state senate, and so on will look to their GIS staff for advice and answers. The purpose of this workshop is to outline key issues, methodologies, and tools. Now is a great time to get to know the redistricting process, the associated data and relevant techniques before these questions come your way.
This workshop is designed for GIS professionals, County Clerks, election commissioners, legislative research staff, other staff involved in election administration or government personnel who are involved in the procurement of redistricting consultant services.
Bio: Shelby directs the Arkansas GIS Office, which plays an active role in the U.S. Census Bureau’s geography programs. This work feeds local GIS data into the TIGER BLOCK file that is used for redistricting. This includes municipal boundaries through the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS), the School District Data Review Program, and the Voting Tabulation District (VTD) programs. Over his career, Shelby has been directly involved with redistricting in Arkansas in the two previous decades. He has served in a technical advisory role to the Arkansas Board of Apportionment on Legislative Redistricting, the Arkansas Legislature on Congressional Redistricting, as well as numerous cities, counties, and school districts on their redistricting plans. In 2021, it is likely that Shelby will play an advisory role in Arkansas on his third cycle of redistricting. He’s been in an active role in the GIS Users Forum for over 25 years.
Sunny (update pending)