Interesting 2016 Election Visualization

This issue’s interesting viz is an animated GIF showing the 2016 presidential election results, first represented as a standard map of each county in the United States with a blue fill (Democrat) or red fill (Republican), depending on the majority vote for that county. 

 The viz morphs into a map that is still red and blue but also shows proportional symbols that are sized based on the population for each county. 

We often encourage our users to look at data using a geospatial perceptive. In this case, however, using space (or surface area) alone may not tell the whole story. 

You can check out the animated GIF by Karim Douïeb on Twitter. The data comes from Townhall via Tony McGovern on GitHub.

About the author

As the Head of Data Services at Washington University in St. Louis, Moore directs services in digital data management, curation, analysis, visualization, literacies, and GIS. She was a co-PI on the IMLS grant, Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation (CS3DP), which continues to bring stakeholders together to establish agreement on how to make 3D data long-lasting (book forthcoming); a partner and curator in the Data Curation Network (DCN), which has created a shared curation model for institutions; a co-PI on the IMLS Specialized Data Curation Workshop grant, which is focused on training curators in DCN methods; and the WashU Representative for the Research Data Alliance, an international organization addressing research data. Moore is program faculty in International and Area Studies and a GIS instructor in the UCollege.