On every election night maps take center stage, and Upshot from the New York Times published some of the best election maps we have seen. There are several different factors that make these maps better than other maps we have seen, but what makes them stand out is the fact that they utilize precinct level data in the maps.
Precinct data isn’t always readily available and can be tough to find from state to state, which is why only several states are shown, but this ultimately gives an incredibly detailed picture of election results. Additionally the maps include population data so major population centers in each state stand out. The advantage here is that precincts that are not highly populated show up as lighter since there are less total voters in those areas. The combination of the elegant design, annotations on the maps, and subtle background details such as major roads and county boundaries make these maps some of the most detailed and yet easiest to read.
As we said metro areas clearly stand out in each map but the subtle colors used in less populated areas of each state also show how rural areas vote in the election and give a much more accurate picture of how the election played out across each state. You can check out each map on the New York Times site here. The maps are interactive so you can find detailed results for each state and precinct and zoom in to specific areas on each map.
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