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    Question geocoding????

    a client is having me build a site for his business. the site requires a user to be able to enter his address. the address locater will pull up the closest court in the district/precinct. it sounds easy and all, but court boundaries are weird and screwed up and they always seem to cut across zip codes and everything like that. would there be a way to tell the program the boundaries?

    i've been googling for a few days now, and i havent found anything. maybe i have, but i havent realized it...

    i dont know if im not being specific enough or if im confusing every one.

    thanks for your help.

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    Where are you located?

    Are you trying to find the closest court based on zipcode?
    I wonder if there might be some free database that has all of the zipcodes and gps.

    Also, how many are there? Maybe knowing a quantity might change the answer.

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    i would do it based on zip codes, but a lot of the time, zip codes are split up by the boundaries...

    eventually it will be nation-wide, but i could do it little by little...it doesnt all have to be done, but right now, we need maricopa county, az

    something like this:
    https://recorder.maricopa.gov/pollin...tdistrict.aspx

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    Do you have an existing map showing the boundaries, like a map on paper?

    If so, somehow get that map online so I can see it ...
    I'm wondering how complicated the lines are and their positions.

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    Oh man ... that's ugly.
    It will be really hard to do using GPS coordinates.

    The only other thing I can think of is getting a hold of a database
    with all of the residential addresses in your county ... a copy of that
    database would allow someone to enter a district code for each one.
    An extremely time-consuming adventure, but that information could
    be valuable to someone (maybe sell an API to access that data).

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    thank you.

    so there is no way to create shapes using coordinates or something like that? like go into google earth and draw shapes on the map? if i could get the coordinates, how would i go about doing this?

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    or what would i have to google to figure it out? i cant seem to google it. haha

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    It's more than just shapes.
    You have a situation where the line might divide one side of a street from another.
    Neighbors across from each other vote at a different precinct, or would end up in a different district, etc.

    Your database would need to be address specific.


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