Interactive Maps Being Used To Display The US Election
This year the US Presidential Election has changed the way Americans and the world follows elections in real-time. Numerous organizations are leveraging online interactive maps to do this. We have seen this come into shape over the last decade, and 2008 was the first year to my recollection that analysts had touch screen devices that they could instantly change a state from red to blue or vice versa. 2012 has really stepped this up with lots of media outlets leveraging interactive maps of the United States to display the election. What we want to do on Election Day today is share some of our favorites.
The FiveThirtyEight blog on New York Times is probably our favorite election tracker. Nate Silver is a statistics guru and vigorously applies this analysis to his election coverage. He pulls out noise and goes straight to the aggregated data to make a statistical analysis.
RealClearPolitics Battle for the White House Map
RealClearPolitics shows a detailed breakdown of the Presidential Election by state. The site gives you the ability to create your own election map and gives you an idea of where states are in whom they are likely to vote. The page also gives you where states voted in previous elections along with lots of other data.
BBC US Election: Predict the President
In the UK the BBC has created a fun map that quickly lets visitors predict the winning candidate by selecting which states will vote for whom. We also really like the nice clean layout of this map.
Euronews USA Presidential Election Map
Euronews also provides a clean and fun interactive map that visitors can choose for themselves who will win the election.
Reuters State of the Campaign Electoral Map
Reuters has launched an interactive map laid on top of Google Maps that is designed to show how each state is expected to vote.
BBC US States Interactive Infographic
A little bit different but worth sharing is the BBC’s US States breakdown. You can learn the voting history of each state, their demographics, median income, electoral votes and so much more.
USA Today Electoral Vote Tracker
Getting more to the US coverage USA Today has a fun Electoral Vote Tracker that lets you vote, but also see who won and which states in previous elections back to 1960. I would also recommend surfing around the rest of the USA Today’s Election ’12 coverage site because there are other interesting features like a twitter meter, political ad tracker and more.
CNN Electoral Map and Campaign Explorer
Of course CNN isn’t going to be outdone by USA Today and have quite an extensive Election Center. The two maps to note are the Electoral Map which, like many others you can select your own outcome or their Campaign Explorer Tracker which shows you ad spending, fundraising and travel by the two candidates.
Fox News 2012 Presidential Election Map
Fox News has already flipped the switch to track voting data as it comes in today. The map is set to auto refresh every minute throughout the day but you can refresh it on your own if you want. Fox also has pages setup to display Senate and House races as that data comes in also.
Twitter Political Engagement Map
We tweeted about this the other day but Twitter has put together an interactive map that shows tweets by the two candidates and the engagement of these tweets by location.
If you are an American you have a right to vote and we encourage you to take advantage of that.
We love seeing interactive maps that visually talk about, follow and describe this election. What other fun interactive maps of the election have you seen out there that we have missed? What is your favorite interactive map? Leave a comment and let us know.