ZeeMaps

  • Mapping voting sites with ZeeMaps

    Somehow my unofficial beat during every election in San Antonio is to roam around and write about the problems and low-voter turnout that afflict our messy Democracy. While on “election snafu” patrol, I was relying on a list of voting sites put out by the Bexar County Elections Department. But the list of locations was in the dreaded pdf form — not a very useful way to see at a glance which sites were in the neighborhoods I was interested in.

    There are a lot of online mapping tools out there. Today I tried out ZeeMaps, a free service. You upload a spreadsheet with addresses, ZeeMaps geocodes the locations for you, and generates an interactive Google map.

    It was all relatively painless. I ended up relying on this map quite a bit today as I drove around checking voting sites.

    A map like this is useful if you want to see the voting locations in your area. It also helps to show the sheer scale of Bexar County’s network of polling sites.