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GIS and Ballot Dropoff Boxes - the Efficacy of California’s Placement Strategies

Authors: Judith Heher*, San Jose State University
Topics: Political Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: electoral geography, GIS for elections, voting
Session Type: Guided Poster
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With the advent of California’s Voter’s Choice Act (Senate Bill 450) and its fourteen mandated criteria for achieving increased voter turnout and voter parity when siting new ballot dropoff box locations, the Santa Cruz County Elections Department looked to use GIS to determine the locations of seven new ballot dropoff boxes - augmenting the current eight. Results of the 2020 primary election will be compared to historical voting records in preparation for the upcoming general election to determine the efficacy of the state-mandated criteria in achieving their goals of increased voter turnout and voter parity. This poster presents the spatial analysis used to determine the new ballot dropoff box sites.

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