Open Data, Political Representation and Redistricting in Mexico [Datos Abiertos, Representación Política Y Redistritación En México]

Citation:

Trelles A, Altman M, Magar E, McDonald MP. Open Data, Political Representation and Redistricting in Mexico [Datos Abiertos, Representación Política Y Redistritación En México]. Politica y Gobierno [Internet]. 2016;22(3).

Abstract:

The claims and protests caused by the deterioration of the political elite during the last decade show, among other things, the urgency to strengthen the linkage between citizens and their representatives. From our perspective, the use of information technology, as well as the generation and use of open data, offers an opportunity to improve the levels of governance and democratic consolidation in Mexico. In this area, the delimitation of the electoral boundaries is key to improve political representation. Given the technicalities surrounding boundary delimitation processes –geographical, statistical, informatics, among the most recognizable– it is easy to fall into the temptation of relegating redistricting to specialists and lose sight of its importance for democracy. In this paper we discuss how new technologies can be useful to incorporate the design, analysis, and study of electoral cartography to the international standards of open government. Additionally, we describe how an open source web-based platform, available to any citizen, has great potential for increasing the levels of participation, transparency, communication, and accountability surrounding redistricting process in the country.

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