We take great pride in our attention to detail, from ensuring we accurately scrape mail polls overriding governor vetoes in Montana, to making sure one voice vote expressed in natural language deep in a PDF journal in North Dakota is correctly mapped to a third reading vote. We do this because accuracy is key and for our users, data consistency is everything.

Different states have different procedures for publishing their legislative data—some bury votes in journals, some publish the roll calls detached from the actual action, while others publish it directly by the action in question in plain text. In general, the states are publishing a lot of data that from our perspective comes in various grades of structure, it’s then our job to structure it. But what happens if the unstructured data contains errors or mistakes? Given the sheer number of documents published by the legislatures, the often small teams (or individuals) responsible for publishing, it’s absolutely understandable this can happen.

We’re happy to say that in a number of instances we’ve been able to help the legislatures make corrections to published data, this includes notifying the legislatures of missing documents and correcting invalid roll calls. Even though most people might not care about exactly who it was that voted yes to HB1377* in the North Dakota Senate, we do.

For any questions, comments, or feedback regarding data accuracy get in touch at kjb@statehill.com.

* An act regarding oil & gas tax allocation