Years ago, in the 1990s, I used MapInfo to do political analysis, voting histories and trends and the like.
My knowledge is two decades old at this point, though. What are the tools I should be using today?
What I need to do is to find out how particular districts voted in the past, taking redistricting into account. Which means that I need to get old precinct data, allocate the vote to census blocks, and then reassemble the results by figuring out which new districts the blocks belong to. This will require direct database access, SQL queries, and the ability to draw boundaries and lasso the blocks within a polygon.
(I am a software developer, and can write code, but I'm on a short timeline and would prefer to avoid a big learning curve.)
Does Google Maps have the ability to do this?
Is there something online I can use?
Or do I have to spend a lot of money and buy something?