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Better Electoral Map?

Better Electoral Map?

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This one's crafted to put the states closer to their original positions, and to have something vaguely resembling their shapes.  (Well, okay, neither Pennsylvania nor Wisconsin looks anything remotely like that; but it's a start.)

  • thats a freaky looking map, but interesting. Where is Hawaii? Is it wedged up against California?

    Sill pretty red in the center. That won't change. Pennsylvania used to be a red state.Now it's gone blue. Maryland has always been very Democratic. Even their occasional Republican governors have not been Republican in political outlook. I see New Mexico is leaning toward the blue.

    I don't know that much about Rhode Island. I know it used to be a very conservative state. It's probably very different now. And the University of Rhode Island is a big party school! To be fair, you have a wonderful school of design. You have Brown University. And of course the terrific Johnson & Wales.
    • Hey-ho.

      Everywhere used to be very conservative once. :)

      I don't think of URI as a party school, these days; I took a fine chemistry class there. It has some of the best science research (especially oceanographic work) in the state. There are certainly a lot of colleges for such a small state, though!
  • Actually I kind of liked it with the rectangles. That way, when the overall shape gets strange, you can say "oh well, it had to look that way because of the rectangles". The current one still is strangely shaped overall but now you don't have that excuse.
    • Hm, but actually the odd shape is part of the point. While the map does serve a purely informational function (giving you a realistic notion of proportional support while showing approximate geographic distribution), it has another too. The bloating and withering of sections of the map serve to remind us of how prone we are to rely on standard representations of reality. We think of the Northeast as small, and of the West as vast, because that is their geographic nature and it's how they're always protrayed. Seeing them this way serves to create dissonance between two versions of reality.

      National Geographic does this sometimes with maps, and it's fascinating. Consider if I put this map -- showing electoral impact -- next a map of economic power (total gross product, or income per capita).
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    Thanks for the posting. I find it very comforting to see an expanding sea of blue.
  • I'm amused that Michigan is backwards :)
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