Today, the Atlas, is featuerd as the Kim Komando’s Kool Site of the Day at this link. This is actually the first I have heard of her show/site. There isn’t a review of the Atlas there – just a link and follow-on text “Today is election day. If you’re like me, you’ll be anxious to see the returns. It looks as close as the 2000 election. All of the major news networks (ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC, etc.) will have up-to-the-minute updates on returns. If the race is particularly close, we may not have an immediate answer. Whatever the outcome is, I hope you went to the polls and cast a vote!”
“A casual search on the Internet for Presidential election maps will turn up loads of “hits”, however. one resource not to be missed is Dave Leip’s Atlas of US Presidential Elections. The site is rich with data and results from past elections and offers some clever maps. Not to be missed are the 2004 confidence and prediction maps.
Dave Leip’s USelectionatlas.org is an interesting resource that was started as a paper hobby after the 1992 Presidential Election. Dave was 22 and attending graduate school at MIT at the time when he made a photocopy of a U.S. map (with county boundaries) from one of the libraries and filled in counties with colored pen according to the winner. This effort spawned the idea for the wesbite and it’s been going strong ever since.
The resource provides valuable election data pointers and information as well as some great historical information, useful weblinks, a weblog, and some great maps. Note, back in 2000 I actually bestowed Dave a site of the week award from a previous resource that I was running. Some very noteworthy stops on the site include the 2004 prediction map and the mock election where visitors can cast a vote. Also, Dave has posted a map showing the closing time of polls.. this could be very useful for the TV networks as you might recall back in 2000 when a major network screwed up and began airing results prior to polls closing in Florida!”