Savvy Electoral Boundaries Commission Uses Google Earth

British Columbia Electoral Boundaries Commission map in Google EarthThe British Columbia Electoral Boundaries Commission has done something rather interesting. They have new proposed electoral boundaries. Rather than just create a static graphic map and publishing it in local papers or on a web site, they have released new proposed boundaries in several forms including Google Earth KML files (see example here ). They have two sets of boundaries in the proposal (explanation here), but it is certainly easier to get in and see the details with Google Earth. What I found particularly interesting is that they also have released a time animation showing the changes to the electoral boundaries over the last several decades (found on this page – use the time slider to see the animation). Assuming more commissions were to use this progressive approach to sharing information, it may make it more difficult for politicians to use gerrymandering to redistrict voters to their advantage by making small changes to the boundaries. Anyway, my hat’s off to this commission in British Columbia. Thanks to Jason Birch for bringing this to our attention.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Harry Hayfield says:

    Congratulations to the BC Electoral Commission on this, now all we need is for the UK Electoral Commission to pull it’s socks up and do the same for the United Kingdom!

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