The illustrative election plans are displayed on Google Maps. To access the plans, select
a state from the sidebar to the left. States in red have
plans posted. White text
shows states that are planned but
have not been initiated.
Click on a link from the directory and the Google
Map will open with a collapsible sidebar showing population
stats for one or more
majority-Latino districts. You can also click the
balloon markers on the Google map to see district population
stats. Click the KML link above the map to view with Google Earth.
These are hypothetical plans developed for Latino
communities in nonmetro or exurban areas which have experienced dramatic
demographic change in the past decade. Most plans are for
municipalities or school districts. In many
instances, we have incomplete information on annexations,
incumbents, and election history. All plans comply with one-person, one-vote
This initial set of voting plans is restricted to areas with
populations greater than 2,000 that are at least 20% Latino
according to the 2000 census.
The plans are based on census-block level data from
the 2000 census. The Census Bureau will release
updated census block population counts in 2011 upon
completion of the 2010 census.
Information on citizenship status is not available at
the census block level. Estimated voting age Latino
citizenship percentages by district are available upon
You can review neighborhood level
(block group) citizenship status (and other 2000 census
variables) on FairData's
We aim to produce over 100 illustrative voting plans in the coming months.
They will be drafted in a random, piecemeal fashion. If you
need a specific plan -- even for areas outside the initial
target states -- just contact us and we'll move it to
the top of the list.
District-based election plans are not the only way to
enhance Latino participation and representation. See the
Center for Voting and Democracy for information on
alternative election systems.
Between 2001 and 2006, over 175 election plans (multiple drafts) in 20 states
developed by the
FairPlan project -- primarily
at the request of African-American and Native
American groups involved in
local level redistricting. We testified in federal
court or were deposed
in about 15 redistricting lawsuits during this time period
and provided technical assistance in a dozen others.
Technical Note: Boundaries are not precise due to
minor discrepancies between Google streets and Census Bureau
block geography. Accurate geographic files are available
The plans were prepared with
Redistricting and converted to Google Earth using
Marcelo Luna's excellent
add-in for Maptitude.
We have examined the potential for Latino-majority
election districts in about 120 local jurisdictions and
developed draft voting plans in 80 of them.
First up are Idaho and Kansas. In
Idaho, we found at least two cities and one school district
with potential Latino districts. One of them is
Rupert -- Lou Dobbs' hometown.
In southwest Kansas, "hay un
monton"....and we are starting to post some of them.
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