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How are district maps drawn and what data are they based on?
The consulting team’s data experts acquired and began analyzing the 2020 Census date for Cuyahoga County on August 12, 2021. Over the next two weeks they will:
Conduct an initial meeting with members of the Commission and support staff to discuss:
- Communities of interest
- Legal and other criteria for new districts
○ Minority community considerations
- An analysis of population shifts in existing districts that must be addressed via the districting process.
- Pair the Census Data with historical election results and other proprietary TargetSmart variables to create measures of likely partisanship.
- Use software to draw maps to meet Cuyahoga County's legal standards and goals/criteria established by the Commission.
- Review maps with the Commission and make them available to key stakeholders, the media, and the public.
- Review and provide in-depth analysis of the following components of maps submitted by the public:
- Population and demographic breakdowns
- Partisanship overview, details of the districts & changes in partisanship
- Incumbent pairings
- Changes in constituency
- Revise and refine district maps as needed until official versions are approved by the Commission and submitted to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections on September 1, 2021.