IDs Not Found in PollingLocation Data

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Ryan Flamion

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Oct 6, 2020, 8:53:12 PM10/6/20
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Hello,

The docs for voterInfoQuery say that pollingLocations will have a "id" of type "string" (see here: https://developers.google.com/civic-information/docs/v2/elections/voterInfoQuery).  I was planning on using this foreign-key to update any changes or insert new locations to my database.  I just noticed that the VA election data was launched today, but noticed there is no "id" for the pollingLocations.  Please see json response below.

Has anyone noticed this issue?  Do I need to plan on not having any pollingLocations civic-data-id's available for me? .... hopefully not, that would make it much tougher to maintain over multiple requests.

{
    "election": {
        "id": "7000",
        "name": "US 2020 General Election",
        "electionDay": "2020-11-03",
        "ocdDivisionId": "ocd-division/country:us"
    },
    "normalizedInput": {
        "line1": "1407 Sherwood Avenue",
        "city": "Richmond",
        "state": "VA",
        "zip": "23220"
    },
    "pollingLocations": [
        {
            "address": {
                "locationName": "HERMITAGE METHODIST HOME",
                "line1": "1601 Palmyra Avenue",
                "city": "Richmond",
                "state": "VA",
                "zip": "23227"
            },
            "pollingHours": "Tue, Nov 3: 6 am - 7 pm",
            "latitude": 37.5796757,
            "longitude": -77.4591882,
            "startDate": "2020-11-03",
            "endDate": "2020-11-03",
            "sources": [
                {
                    "name": "Voting Information Project",
                    "official": true
                }
            ]
        }
    ],  
...
}

Trevor Allred

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Oct 7, 2020, 12:49:11 PM10/7/20
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I've worried about the same issue with ids in contest data. The API says the id will be there, but test data doesn't have it.

For contests, I'm using a combination of fields to hopefully identify duplicates. Not very good.

So far, I'm extremely disappointed with the Civic API. It's nearly useless for my purposes.


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Arjun Talwar

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Oct 14, 2020, 11:10:03 AM10/14/20
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Hi Ryan

Please refer to a recent announcement on the forum. Tl;DR: the IDs will not be returned in the API response. Hope this resolves your query.

Thanks

Arjun Talwar

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Oct 14, 2020, 11:11:55 AM10/14/20
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Hi Trevor

The same announcement applies to this use case as well. Tl;DR: the IDs will not be returned in the API response. Hope this resolves your query.

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Ryan Flamion

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Oct 14, 2020, 11:20:34 AM10/14/20
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Arjun,

Thanks for your response.

-Ryan

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