Rounding out the expansion of swing and trend maps on the Atlas, the U.S. Senate state summary pages from 1996 through 2012 now include mouse-over county-level swing and trend Maps.
Following the release of the Kings County amended 2012 General Election results on July 2, 2013 by the New York City Board of Elections, the New York State Board of Elections released a new set of amended results files on July 29, 2013. This is the third set of amended results released by the NYSBOE following the release of the certified results on December 31, 2012. Previous amended results were released on February 6, 2013 and April 9, 2013. This latest set of results only includes changes to Kings County, and still do not include the updated final official results from Rockland County (published on 01/09/2013). The notes on the Atlas for the 2012 New York Presidential General Election Results have been updated to reflect the official nature of the Kings County amended results.
New maps are now active for county-level trend and swing results in Gubernatorial contests from 1992-2012. These include mouse-over buttons on the state-level summary pages to reveal the swing or trend maps. The buttons link to the detailed county-level data, comparing the results and swing (or trend) side-by-side. This feature is the same as the existing maps for President – they compare the change in Democratic-Republican margin from the previous general election to the one being viewed. For cases where the previous general election was an off-year special election, the reference election for the swing and trend maps is the special election.
New maps have been added to the Gubernatorial and US Senate state summary pages – the mouse-over buttons to the left of the county results map now include one linking a map for the previous general election result, providing the same functionality to compare the result to the previous election that already exists for the Presidential state-level county maps.
The Atlas has incorporated a new map set – statewide city and town maps (county subdivision) for New England states (plus NY and NJ for some Presidential Elections). Currently, maps are available for President 1992-2012 and Governor in some contests from 1990-2012, with more on the way. These statewide maps include mouse-over map buttons for party, swing, trend, and last election result (same function as available on the county map pages). In addition, these statewide maps include image-maps with a pop-up box that shows the city or town name plus the high-level election result. Clicking on a city or town opens the results page for that county subdivision. The 2012 maps are available to members and non-members alike, but due to the high-data content of these pages, older election maps are currently limited to the members section.
More county subdivision maps for US President in the general elections of 1992 through 2004 have been created for New York and the six New England states (ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, and RI). In addition, New Jersey 2004 maps have also been added. These include party maps, swing map, trend map, and last election map. At the same time, new anti-aliased pie charts have also been added to the individual county results pages. More of these maps for President (back further in time), Governor, US Senator, and Presidential Primaries are in the queue.
Bernie Sanders, an independent running for re-election to the United States Senate in Vermont, won all 246 towns in the 2012 General Election. With no Democratic candidate in the contest, Sanders won a solid state-wide victory with 71% of the vote to Republican John MacGovern’s 25%. Chris Ericson of the United States Marijuana party had 2.0% with four other candididates making up the rest (full results). This bested his 2006 result where he received 65% of the vote and won all but two towns (one of the two was a tie).
In recent years, a fairly uniform result across the state in US Senate elections has been relatively common. Republican Jim Jeffords won all towns in 2000, Democrat Patrick Leahy won all but one town in 2004 and all but ten in 2010.
Individual Maine county township maps for the 2008 and 2012 General Elections for President have been created. These include swing, trend, and party maps with full mouse-over image maps. The maps are a result of the recent work to build an election mapping database for Maine to include the unincorporated townships missing from the US Census county subdivision database.
On Wednesday of last week, the 2013 Special US Senate election in Massachusetts (held on June 25) was certified. The final tally is Democratic candidate Ed Markey with 645,249 (54.8%), Republican Gabriel Gomez 525,307 (44.6%), Twelve Visions Party candidate Richard Heos 4,550 (0.4%) and “All Others” with 2,504 (0.2%). The Atlas entry for this election is located here. At right is a thumbnail of the map by city and town (click for larger image). The total ballots cast in this special election was 1,179,781 – over two million votes less than were cast in the 2012 General Election. Even relative to the 2010 Special Election, the number of ballots cast is only half the 2,253,727 ballots cast on January 19, 2010. The 2013 special election stands out in the low-level of turnout.
Compared with the 2010 Special Election (city and town map shown at right), the 2013 map looks quite similar. Only 36 of 351 cities and towns changed color – 35 Scott Brown municipalities were won by Ed Markey and only one (Monroe) was won by both Martha Coakley in 2010 and Gabriel Gomez in 2013. Three towns that were won by Scott Brown in 2010 were ties in 2013. The switch of these towns, however, only represent a margin change of 34,132 votes. A much larger Democratic swing is present (193,307) in the cities and towns that did not change hands. Detailed town data are posted on the individual contest pages (2010 and 2013).
The 2012 Presidential Election Map by Town for the State of Maine has been added to the Atlas (at right – click for a larger image). The results for Maine are a challenge to map because the Maine Secretary of State lists results for many individual unincorporated townships that the US Census Bureau aggregates into larger geographic regions. For example, the official election results in Washington County include a separate entry for Edmunds Twp (census aggregates into East Central Washington UT), Brookton Twp (census aggregated into North Washington UT), etc. In total, there are 26 unincorporated townships in the 2012 General Election results that are not listed as separate geographic unincorporated townships by the US Census Bureau. To further complicate matters, Maine tends to change which of these townships report from year to year. In 2012, first-time listings include Concord and Spring Lake Twp (Somerset County), Lang Twp (Franklin County), T11 R4, T12 R13, T15 R6, T15 R9, TD R2 (Aroostook County), T7 SD (Hancock County). E Twp in Aroostook County made its first appearance since 1988. Township 14 (Washington County) did not make an appearance in the 2012 Election Results – although its possible that this is actually the entry “Cooper Twps” listed in the Maine Official Election Results. There are a total of 24 entries of vote results that are not associated with a town (such as “Mattawamkeag Twps” – in this case, the results for this entry are from voters in unincorporated townships that have elections administered by Mattawamkeag). Actual geographic origin of these votes in these 24 unincorporated township groupings is under investigation.
To facilitate faster generation of Maine Township Maps for elections, significant effort has been expended to create a database that is relevant to the posted election results. The map above is the first of these to be created based on this new database. It includes all the census county subdivisions plus all the unincorporated townships split out as defined by the State of Maine – resulting in a beautiful map. FIPS codes for these non-census townships are created by the Atlas in a manner consistent with the census numbering (no existing FIPS codes exist for these townships). More Maine maps to be added in the coming days.