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HB2760

Redistricting; GIS maps required, review by the Department of Elections.

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Redistricting; Geographic Information System maps required; review by the Department of Elections. ;Requires the clerk of the county, city, or town to send a Geographic Information System (GIS) map, along with the ordinance containing a description of the boundaries, to the local electoral board, the Secretary of the Commonwealth, the Department of Elections, and the Division of Legislative Services when redistricting local election districts or making any changes to the local election districts or precincts. If a county, city, or town does not have GIS capabilities, the locality ;may request the Department of Elections to create a GIS map on its behalf and the Department of Elections shall create such a map. ;The bill requires the Department to review any ordinance and GIS map received and compare the boundaries contained within with the information in the voter registration system to ensure voters have been assigned to the correct districts and to notify localities of any corrections ;that may be ;necessary. The Department is further required to maintain and make available on its official website maps showing the current election district and precinct boundaries of each county and city.


Sickles

The bill gives the local election board, ;the Secretary of the Commonwealth, the Department of Elections, and the Division of Legislative Services their own GIS capabilities.

1) The bill will provide a helpful resource to localities.

2) Some counties are smaller and don';t have the same resources as other counties.

The bill is similar to Senator Chase';s bill- but will not conform because this one is broader.

Reported and referred (include Committee below)

Reported and referred to Finance 14-0