FAQs

Check out our most frequently asked questions below.

For Community Members

The units are Census Block Groups.

Yes, the website can be accessed on mobile devices including smartphones and tablets. 

Yes! The site is currently translated in Spanish and Arabic, and we have plans to expand upon these translations. If there is a specific language that is vital to your usage of our tool, please let us know at [email protected].

Yes! Representable.org was created to be an accessible way to increase public input from all communities in the redistricting process. It will always be a free tool.

Currently, Representable does not have the functionality to go back and edit the text of community maps. However, you can access your previously created communities at any time. If you’d like to make a change to your community map, you can delete your previously drawn community and re-draw it with the updated community information!

Before users draw their maps, we present guiding questions so that they can tell mapmakers the shared values and location of their community. This testimony can include demographic information. But after rounds of user testing and interviews with mapmakers, the Representable team found that it was best to present this information as an analytical layer that is visible after people draw their maps. 

The COI data collected from our tool is meant to be one-layer of information during the redistricting process. If you would like to see this COI data in conversation with demographic data, you can export the COI maps you collected as a GEOJson file and analyze this data in another mapping software.

For Organizations

Representable.org is a free tool which solely focuses on drawing communities of interest. Additionally, only Representable has mapping drives for organizing community maps and the structured questions before drawing the map (i.e. "Economic Interests", "Community Activities", etc). We also heavily prioritize a friendly user interface that works as both a tool for collecting public input and educating users.

Lastly, Representable is a very malleable tool, and we can add features for your state/organization specifically! Usually, this includes additional boundaries that you would like to see under the "data layers'' feature of our tool.

Welcome to Representable! Please look over our organization guide for information about the tool, community mapping drives, hosting training sessions, and much more. Additionally, if you go to the resources tab of our website, you will find sample training slides, infographics, and educational materials to support you throughout the process. If you have any more questions, feel free to reach out to the team at [email protected]

Whenever the information becomes available, our team will update the units, Census Block Groups, accordingly. However, the expected changes to Census Block Groups will be small. Otherwise, since users do not rely on Census demographic data when they draw their communities, the tool will not be affected by any delay. You can start drawing COI maps today!

You can upload a geoJSON file of the COI data collected from Representable into several mapping systems! They include Maptitude, ESRI, and Dave's Redistricting App. 

DistrictBuilder is implementing a feature that enables mappers to add communities of interest to DistrictBuilder maps in order to provide extra context. According to their public roadmap, this feature will be available by March 2021!

Our organization guide outlines several possibilities for how to most effective use COI data collected with our tool! If you would like to speak with a Representable team member about what would work best in your specific case, please reach out to us at [email protected].

Have more questions? Email us at [email protected].