Data visualizations can sometimes spur us into contemplative directions. Sometimes they can put us to sleep. These are some of the more interesting election visualizations I’ve come across:
Mark Newman, Department of Physics and Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan: Election Maps
Robert J. Vanderbei, Professor and Chair, Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Princeton: Purple America
NYTimes: Election Results 2008
David Kuhn: Politico: That huge voter turnout? Didn’t happen: “Between 60.7 percent and 61.7 percent of the 208.3 million eligible voters cast ballots this year, compared with 60.6 percent of those eligible in 2004”
Andrew Sullivan: He Saw It Coming: McCain/Palin ran a post-modern campaign (unlike Sullivan, I think it almost worked).
Associated Press: No hidden white bias seen in presidential race
CSMonitor: Obama made inroads with religious vote
NYTimes: This American Moment – The Surprises: Guess who Joe the Plumber voted for?
Salon.com: How Obama won, by the numbers: “The 18-to-29-year-old cohort supported Obama by a 2-to-1 margin (66-32), and while it is too soon to gauge precise turnout measures, their numbers clearly grew.”
Salon.com: Obama and the dawn of the Fourth Republic
NYTimes: Dissecting the Changing Electorate
Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Election 2008: what really happened
A Beautiful WWW: 20 Useful Visualization Libraries
physorg.com: Visualizing election polls
IBM’s Many Eyes