Metadata: Voting Districts, Minnesota

Voting Districts, Minnesota

This page last updated: 02/01/2018
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  1. Overview
  2. Data Quality
  3. Data Organization
  4. Coordinate System
  5. Attributes
  6. Distribution - Get Data
  7. Metadata Reference

Section 1: Overview

Originator:Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State

Title: Voting Districts, Minnesota

Abstract: Voting precincts for the State of Minnesota, those to be used in the 2018 Precinct Caucuses. Includes election district attributes for each precinct.

Purpose: Geographic database of voting precincts for the State of Minnesota as of 2018 precinct caucuses

Time Period of Content Date: 01/31/2018

Currentness Reference: Current through January 31, 2018

Progress: In work

Maintenance and Update Frequency: As needed

Spatial Extent of Data: State of Minnesota

Bounding Coordinates: -97.269689

Place Keywords: Minnesota,MN,USA

Theme Keywords: boundaries, election district ,voting district, precinct, voting precinct,VTD, ward, vtds

Theme Keyword Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Categories

Access Constraints: None

Use Constraints: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State maintains this data as accurately as possible, but cannot assure 100% accuracy. For definitive precinct lines, please contact the jurisdiction (city, township, or county for unorganized territory) in question. To check precinct and districts or find polling place for an address, use the Secretary of State's Polling Place Finder:

Contact Person Information: Brad Neuhauser, GIS Specialist
Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State - Elections Division
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Room 180
Saint Paul, MN  55155
Phone: 651-556-0648
Fax: 651-296-9073

Browse Graphic: Click to view a data sample.
Voting Precincts in Minnesota_2018

Associated Data Sets:

Section 2: Data Quality

Attribute Accuracy: Precinct and district attributes from Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS).

Logical Consistency: Topology checks run to try to eliminate gaps and overlaps betweeen polygons.

Completeness: Complete statewide as of January 31, 2018

Horizontal Positional Accuracy: The positional accuracy of the precinct boundaries is generally the same as the sources the precinct datasets were derived from--see

Vertical Positional Accuracy: Not applicable

Lineage: Boundaries derived from Minnesota's City, Township, and Unorganized Territory (CTU) Boundaries dataset (2013) and U.S. Census redistricting data. Boundaries incorporate election district boundary corrections made under MS 2.91, subd. 2 and MS 204B.146, subd. 3, and municipal boundary adjustments that were effective through January 31, 2018

Section 3: Spatial Data Organization (not used in this metadata)

Section 4: Coordinate System

Horizontal Coordinate Scheme: Universal Transverse Mercator

UTM Zone Number: 15

Horizontal Datum: NAD83

Horizontal Units: meters

Vertical Datum: not applicable

Vertical Units:

Depth Datum: not applicable

Depth Units:

Section 5: Attributes


Detailed Citation:

Table Detail:
vtd2018caucus - Voting Precincts
Field NameValid ValuesDefinitionDefinition Source
Internal feature number.ESRI
Feature geometry.ESRI
Vote Tabulation District Identifier, used by U.S. Census Bureau. Concatenates State FIPS code (27), COUNTYFIPS, and PCTCODE
Name given to the precinct
Four digit code assigned to precinct (unique within each county)
Abbreviated PCTNAME for labelling purposes. In most cases indicates a jurisdiction with multiple precincts
Municipality (city or town) that the precinct is in. For unorganized territories, MCD name may not match the U.S. Census name and/or boundary for an MCD.
Internal MCD Code for jurisdiction
Jurisdiction's FIPS code (note: some unorganized area FIPS codes may be manufactured)
Jurisdiction's Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) code
CTU_TYPEenumeratedJurisdiction's governance
unorganized territory
County Name
COUNTYCODE1 to 87County Number
COUNTYFIPS001 to 173County's FIPS code (GNIS code)
CONGDIST1 to 8U.S. Representative (Congressional) District
MNSENDIST1 to 67Minnesota Senate District
MNLEGDIST1A to 67BMinnesota House District. House districts A & B nest together within the corresponding Senate district
CTYCOMDIST1 to 7County Commissioner District. Most counties have 5. Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey, and St. Louis have 7.
JUDDIST1 to 10Judicial Districts
Soil & Water Conservation District Code. The supervisors are usually voted on by the entire county, except the following cases. Hennepin County has gotten rid of its SWCD. Otter Tail (East and West) and St. Louis (North and South) Counties are split into two separate districts. In Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Ramsey, Renville, Scott, and Washington Counties, the 5 SWCD supervisors are all elected by supervisor district.
Soil & Water Conservation District Name
City Ward (if applicable)
Hospital District Code
Hospital District Name
Park District code, There are only two park districts: Minneapolis and Three Rivers (Hennepin County outside of Minneapolis)
Park District Name
Area of feature in internal units squared.Esri

Section 6: Distribution

Publisher: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State

Publication Date: 02/01/2018

Contact Person Information: Brad Neuhauser, GIS Specialist
Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State - Elections Division
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Room 180
Saint Paul, MN  55155
Phone: 651-556-0648
Fax: 651-296-9073

Distributor's Data Set Identifier: Voting Districts, Precinct Caucuses, 2018

Distribution Liability: The Geographic Information System (GIS) Data to which this notice is attached are made available pursuant to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13). THE GIS DATA ARE PROVIDED TO YOU AS IS AND WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY AS TO THEIR PERFORMANCE, MERCHANTABILITY, OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. The GIS Data were developed by the MN Secretary of State's Office for its own internal business purposes. This office does not represent or warrant that the GIS Data or the data documentation are error-free, complete, current, or accurate. You are responsible for any consequences resulting from your use of the GIS Data or your reliance on the GIS Data. You should consult the data documentation for this particular GIS Data to determine the limitations of the GIS Data and the precision with which the GIS Data may depict distance, direction, location, or other geographic features. If you transmit or provide the GIS Data (or any portion of it) to another user, the GIS Data must include a copy of this disclaimer.

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Section 7: Metadata Reference

Metadata Date: 02/01/2018

Contact Person Information: Brad Neuhauser, GIS Specialist
Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State - Elections Division
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Room 180
St. Paul, MN  55155
Phone: (651) 556-0648
Fax: (651) 296-9073

Metadata Standard Name: Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines

Metadata Standard Version: 1.2

This page last updated: 02/01/2018
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