Monday, September 19, 2016

Mapping Berlin's Election

Yesterday voters in Berlin went to the polls in the 2016 Berlin state election. Angela Merkel's centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party achieved its lowest ever result in Berlin. getting just 17.5% of the vote. The anti-immigration Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party achieved a frightening 14.1%. The Social Democrats (SPD) got the most votes of any party, with 21.6% of the vote.

The Berliner Morgenpost's 2016 Berlin Election map allows you to see how each party performed in every election seat. Each electoral area on the map is colored to represent the political party that got the highest share of the vote.

If you click on a party name in the map legend you can also see the ten districts where the party got its highest share of the the vote. For example, if you click on 'AfD' you can see that the anti-immigration party got its biggest share of the vote in seats which were in the old East Germany.

You can view the Berliner Morgenpost's analysis of the vote by using the links running along the bottom of the map. The 'Rechtruck' link, for example, shows a choropleth view of the AfD's vote share across the capital. This shows that the party performed reasonably well across the city and only failed to get below 5% of the vote in 33 of the 653 electoral areas.

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