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The Massachusetts Governor's Council Districts datalayer reflects the eight voting district boundaries as established by the Massachusetts General Court Special Joint Committee on Redistricting . These boundaries took effect in January 2012; however, no Member names will be added until after the fall 2012 elections . The name of the statewide datalayers are GOVCOUNCIL2012_POLY and GOVCOUNCIL2012_ARC.
Staff at the Massachusetts General Court Special Joint Committee on Redistricting developed this layer with its contractor, Caliper Corp. (Newton, MA), using Maptitude for Redistricting software. MassGIS appended the 1:100,000 coastline and state outline and added the Councilor's name and party attributes.
The GOVCOUNCIL2012_POLY attribute table has the following fields:
FIELD NAME WDTH / TYPE DESCRIPTION DIST_NUM 16 / C Numeric district code from redistricting committee DIST_NAME 16 / C Name of district MEMBER 2 / C Name of Councilor PARTY 25 / C Political party of councilor (D = Democrat)
In the GOVCOUNCIL2012_ARC attribute table, the item OUTLINE is coded as follows:
- 0 = internal district boundaries
- 1 = state
- 2 = coastline
MassGIS will update the layer as needed.
Last Updated 3/13/2012