Monday, August 25, 2008

Voting America: United States Politics, 1840-2008

The Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond has developed a series of "cinematic maps" that visualize "American voting patterns as they moved across the landscape of the United States": Voting America. The maps combine political data with GIS cartography in order to create animated maps of "how Americans voted in presidential elections at the county level for the past 164 years." As you study the current presidential election with your students, these interactive maps visualize voting patterns in relation to voter turnout, population, popular votes versus electoral votes, party strength, etc.

The site also includes several video expert analysis and commentary on the maps, including Dr. Jennifer Erkulwater's "Shifting Party Coalitions and Social Welfare Policy, 1932-2008."

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