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Red States, Blue States: Electoral Strategy Behind the Map

This resource will enable students to: enhance their understanding of the US Presidential election using a visual, map-based approach; deconstruct the simple red state/blue state dichotomy used by the mass media; improve their geographic information literacy; identify patterns and trends that impact the election process; discover quantitative data sources that are useful for political and social analysis; and explore different election scenarios with an interactive map. This resource will enable faculty to supplement and enhance instruction about the upcoming election with materials to integrate into their course work, and help students conceptualize the election in a visual format. Maps for the project were designed in ArcGIS 9.2 using the US Census Bureau's Generalized Cartographic Boundary Files. State-level election data was collected from the US Federal Election Commission's Online Library. County-level election data was downloaded from the Geovisualization of the 2004 Presidential Election project at Penn State, and was improved with minor additions and error corrections. The interactive 2008 election prediction map is being licensed from Creative Ventures LLC and is copyrighted.

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Sally Robertson
Sally Robertson (Librarian)
11 years ago
Excellent resource for political science and geography. Interactive.