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May 6, 2005

Garbage in...

Oops. The gov's great redistricting event seems to have unraveled a bit. Turns out Schwarznenegger's people got bad data. From the Assembly of all places. The Assembly website listing the Elk Grove neighbors in different districts was wrong. Both houses are in the 15th District. The actual boundary was a few blocks away.

"The information is not that precise," Steve Maviglio, deputy chief of staff for the speaker, tells me. "We are going to put a disclaimer on it."

But still, Maviglio adds, the governor's people should have double-checked before making a big to-do. "This is like us doing an event and getting our information from the governor's office," Maviglio said, chuckling.

According to the governor's aides, they relied on not only the Assembly web page but also on maps provided by a private mapping company, Political Data. And that firm got its information from another firm that does the same kind of work. But they all had it wrong. It's still not clear why. At any rate, only the county registrar -- who ultimately decides where people vote, after all -- had it right.

For Schwarzenegger these days, when something can go wrong, it will.

Posted by dweintraub at 2:29 PM



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