Tales Election Maps Tell
Maps tell us a lot. They are an incredible invention that packs an incredible amount of ‘interesting’ data that is magically transformed into ‘information’ through lines and graphics. Here are some examples and comments from Aleks Buczkowski.
Over the years we’ve seen a lot of bad and boring electoral cartography. Below you’ll find a couple of examples showing that election maps can actually be pretty cool.
First electoral map from 1883
One of the first election maps has been published in the 1883 Statistical Atlas of the United States. It is based on the publication of county election returns from the 1880 presidential election. The map paved the way for most of the future electoral maps.
Votes are not distributed evenly
In the US presidential elections although Americans vote directly for their chosen candidate the president is elected by the institution called the Electoral College. It is quite possible that a candidate wins the popular vote (i.e. gets more votes overall) and yet loses the presidential election. You can show it on a map.
The Demers Cartogram uses squares to represent the phenomena. It maintains neither shape, topology or object centroids. It is a fully abstract representation of the spatial pattern of the phenomena being mapped but it’s visually very strong.
Area distorted cartograms
Area cartograms also are known as the Gastner-Newman Cartogram or a population-density equalizing cartogram is a technique for representing data for areas that modifies the size of the area depending on the chosen attribute. It can be pretty cool.
Speaking of tales, this link presents the story of the Bombing of Vietnam. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the turning point of the Vietnam War and a new era of fights for rights and freedoms and shifting social norms in the USA led by the young people – the boomers! Hmmm…How onomatopoeia-ic!