For Immediate Release
Alex Reed, (501) 682-1217
MARTIN TO POST DIGITAL PRECINCT MAPS WITH VOTING TOTALS ELECTION NIGHT
Secretary of State sharing digital precinct maps with GIS
Little Rock, Ark. (Oct. 29, 2012) - Secretary of State Mark Martin announced today that his office is sharing digital images of every precinct in Arkansas with the State of Arkansas’s Geographic Information Systems office.
“Digital images of precinct maps of all counties have never before been available in this state,” Martin said. “Our Elections and Information Technology divisions, along with the state’s 75 county clerks, have worked diligently throughout the past year to gather digital renderings of each county’s precincts.”
Martin said the digital maps will facilitate future elections.
“Many of our counties have endured election after election with one large precinct map in their office, hand-edited over the years to reflect changes made as the boundaries transformed,” he said. “By adopting advanced technologies and working closely with our clerks, together we have produced electronic images of the boundaries each clerk depends upon to have successful elections.”
“I want to thank all of those involved in this process,” Martin added. “Dozens of people worked tirelessly for countless hours to get this work done. Our office uses this information every day. Clerks use this every day. Over time these images will help us improve elections for all Arkansans.”
Voters can see the benefits of digital maps firsthand on Election night, when the images are displayed in the Election Night Reporting System. Users can search results by a map on the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.arkansas.gov.
“Contributing these files to GIS’s collection of imagery will benefit many throughout the state and beyond,” Martin said. “This is just another step in making the election process and results more accessible and user-friendly.”