Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Random States of America

Despite losing the popular vote Donald Trump still won the Presidency. Trump became president because he won a majority of the 538 electoral votes. Each state is given a share of the United States’ 538 electoral college votes. Trump might not have won the most votes but he did win the votes that counted the most. If you were to randomly alter the state boundaries you would end up with a completely different set of election results.

Random States of America is an interactive map which generates new randomly generated state boundaries for the USA. It also shows you who would win the presidential race in this alternative America. To create the random states map 48 starter counties are chosen. Neighboring counties are then attached to each of these 48 random counties to create 48 randomly generated states of America (Alaska and Hawaii always remain the same).

The states are color-coded on the map by who would have won the 2016 presidential election based on the votes cast in each county. If you switch to the 'counties' view you can view a multivariate view showing the percentage of the votes won in each county by each presidential candidate. The map also allows you to view the results in your randomly generated states of America for the presidential elections in 2008, 2004, 2000 and 1996.

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