One of the biggest deterrents to voters on election day is the prospect of waiting in a long line. Collin County, TX has utilized GIS capabilities to create a map that shows polling place line length, encouraging its residents to get out and vote!
On election day, polling places can change their line status between three colors, green, yellow, and red, with green meaning there’s little wait time and red signifying there’s a line out the door. As the ebbs and flows of the day’s voters change, polling places can update their status in real time to keep voters up to date.
With this map in place, this year’s March 1st election day gave the County website 4.6 times the normal daily usage, 188,797 election-related page views, and a 67% increase in all website activity for Collin County.
As voter turnout continues to be crucial in the democratic process, using technology and GIS to help make voting easier is something more and more communities can and will adopt.