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Online Arkansas Help Page

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Voting Locations and Precincts:

The "Voting Locations" and "Voting Precincts" layers are currently only for Pulaski County.

1.To find your district: Click on "District Finder" then input your address into the fields, click "Submit", and click on the "Voting" button.

2.If you already know your district: Click on "District Finder" then input your district number into the "Voting" field and click the "Voting" button.

Your voting precinct and the location at which you are to vote will be displayed. The recommended resolution for this webpage is 1152 x 864 or larger (smaller will work but will have scrollbars and reduced graphic sizes).

For information on map functions, click on a letter on the map below to find out more on the corresponding section. 

If you're linking to this site, link to http://argis.ualr.edu/website/districtfinder/.

For a summary of possible functions, click here.

If you are experiencing problems with words being scrambled or items not fitting in windows, make sure that your font size setting is on Medium or smaller (go to "View > Text Size > Medium" in the toolbar).

a.jpg (5876 bytes) Toolbar

Print Clicking this button will bring up a dialog box.  Name your map and press Create Page.  A new window will appear with your current map, the legend and the overview map.  Use your browser's print function to make a hard copy of the map.
Zoom In Click anywhere on the map to zoom into that location. You can also click and hold to drag out a selection box to zoom into a particular area.
Zoom Out Click anywhere on the map to zoom out and center on the location you selected.
Zoom to State Zooms out enough to see the entire state of Arkansas.
Pan Click and drag the mouse anywhere on the map. This will cause the map to slide in the direction you are moving the mouse.
Information Click this button, and then click on an active feature on the map to learn about it. An active feature is one that belongs to the current active layer, which is designated by the selected radio button.
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District Finder This button will allow you to search either by address or by number and type to locate any Legislative District, Congressional District, and/or Voting Precinct and Polling locations (currently Pulaski County only) in Arkansas
Create a Profile This new feature will allow you to create a profile from a selection of blocks, blockgroups, tracts, counties, or cities. explanation of this function can be found here

Show demographics information of chosen district

This button will only be visible when you have used the "Find a district" button and will pull up a page of the demographic information of the selected district.

Show senator of chosen district's information

This button will only show up if you have used the "District Finder" button and will pull up a page of information about the senator of the selected district.
 

Show information of Representative of chosen district

This button will only show up if you have used the "Find a district" button and will pull up a page of information about the representative of the selected district.

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Overview Map

This frame contains the map of Arkansas at full zoom and will allow you to move to any part of the map by clicking where you want to view.

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c.jpg (5876 bytes) Map Frame

This frame contains the map and can be zoomed into, out of, or panned around using the corresponding buttons on the toolbar.  The upper left corner contains an overview map which lets you know where you are in relation to the entire state.  To turn this overview map on and off, click the Toggle Overview Map button located in the top right corner of the screen.

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d.jpg (5876 bytes) Toggle Buttons

lin_map2.gif (2351 bytes) Use this button to turn on and off the overview map in the top left corner of the map frame.
lin_toggle2.gif (2558 bytes) Use this button to switch between viewing the legend and the layers in the area directly below.

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e.jpg (5876 bytes) Layer List

Update Map Use this button to refresh the display when you change the visible layers.


The "Layer List" contains all of the possible layers, or elements, available for viewing within the map. Layers that have a check mark in the "Visible" box to the left of their names will be shown on the map. Red checkmarks mean the layer is visible while a grey checkbox means you need to zoom in farther to see the layer. More than one layer can be seen at a time.

Layers that are highlighted in blue are "Active" layers. Only one layer can be active at a time.  The "Identify" function, along with many other tools, in the toolbar requires the layer you are identifying to be active. Clicking a layer that is already the "Active" layer will check or uncheck the "visible" checkbox.

Clicking the plus or minus beside a group name will show or hide the list that belongs to that group. The visible layers in that group will still be shown and the active layer will stay the same. If the group name is colored blue then the active layer is inside that group.

Once you have selected a new layer to be visible or unchecked an existing layer to turn it off, you must hit the Update Map button to refresh the map and show your changes. Active layers will change without refreshing the map.

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FScale Bar

Clicking anywhere on the scale bar will make the map zoom to that zoom level.

The blue arrow will show you how far you are zoomed in at any given time.

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Helpful Functions

Look up information on a road, county, or district with the info button. First, make a feature active by clicking on the round radio button beside its name on the legend. Then click the info button, and click on a feature on the map.
Click the 'District Finder' button and a new dialog box will appear. In the dialog you have the choice of searching by address or by district number.
Address: Input you for a street name, zip code, and an optional cross street and click submit. Your address will appear on the map.
District Number: Type in the district number and press the corresponding button to zoom to and highlight the district.
Find your legislative district To find your Senate or House district, use the 'District Finder' tool and follow the address search directions. Then click the "Senate", "House", "Voting", or "Congress" buttons.
Create a 4-page profile

There are two ways to create a custom 4-page census profile. The first is to simply click the profile tool in the toolbar then draw a rectangle, polygon, or line on the map. In both examples Polk, Montgomery, Pike, and Howard counties will be selected because they touch the selection area.

To select an area using a rectangle, click the profile button and draw a rectangle on the map. To create a selection using a line or polygon, choose the “Line” or “Poly” button in the selection toolbox that will appear beside "Online Arkansas" and "Help" (pictured to the right).

The second way to create a custom profile is to use the "identify" tool and click a location on the map. A small buffer around where you click will be included in the selection.

The census profiles are only available for Arkansas, Counties, Townships, Cities, Tracts, and Block Groups. they are not available for Blocks to prevent privacy concerns.

Selection Examples

Selection Toolbox

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Troubleshooting

  • Where are all the buttons? If your monitor resolution is low, all of the buttons on the toolbar may not fit on the page. If this is the case, there will be a scrollbar between the map window and the toolbar. Use this scrollbar to access the remaining buttons.
  • Why can't I select something? If you're trying to select a feature on the map with, for instance, the info tool, you will need to make sure that you have made that feature type active. For example, if you are trying to get information on a senate district, make sure you have selected the 'active' radio button next to the 'Senate Districts' entry of the legend.
  • Why can't I see the roads? The map is set up so that the roads will not be displayed unless the map is zoomed in to a higher magnification level. This is because there are so many roads that if we tried to draw them over the entire state it would take forever and result in an illegible mess.  Try zooming in closer to the area where you wish to view the roads, and refresh the map again.
  • My address doesn't come up! If the site cannot find your address, make sure that you enter the entire name of the road, including 'st,' 'rd,' 'dr,' etc. Make sure your zip code is correct. At this time, our site takes 5 digit zip codes only. In certain rare cases, our database may not have your address listed as a valid address for your street. If nothing else works, try entering a cross street instead to find an intersection near your house.
  • If you have found an error or glitch that is not mentioned in this help file please contact us at ilfarmahan@ualr.edu.

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Credits

This web site was created for the UALR GIS Applications Laboratory, Arkansas Institute for Economic Advancement by Brooklyn Moffitt, Jeremy Goldberg, and Jonathan Williams. We used ArcIMS, Photoshop, Illustrator, Paint, and ye olde trusty Notepad.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, June 22, 2005

 
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