Sunday, February 5, 2023

Michigan Votes vs Population

 Where people live isn't equally distributed across the state (duh!). When displaying election results (or other data), a common strategy is to color areas by how the inhabitants voted. This communicates as much information as it can elide. Here are a few different maps that all correctly display the results of the 2022 governor's election, but tell a very different story. Here's to being a red/blue/purple state!

map showing red vs blue party wins; the left shows it by county and the right by population.

animated map of michigan changing from a population map to a county map

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