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These Twisted Maps Prove That America Isn't a Red Country (INFO GRAPHIC)

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I live on county maps. They offer an accessible, yet incredibly rich way to understand the diversity of our country. But they're also imperfect. An unfamiliar eye might draw the wrong lessons, like concluding that the country is overwhelmingly Republican.


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Robert S (111)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 3:53 pm
Interesting since the "normal" map does not represent people as much as it represents empty geographic space. I like this. Thanks Carrie.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 4:49 pm
Noted. Of course we're not a "red" country.....the corporate media just gives voice to the loudest, most obnoxious groups for better ratings. Thanks, Carrie, this was interesting.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 5:37 pm

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 8:16 pm
In my opinion ~ most Americans are not of the RED persuasion because of circumstance and of course economics. Why do so many try to deceive us? That, of course, is a rhetorical question.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 8:53 pm
The map is fascinating. I've never seen anything like it before this.

Sara V (0)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 8:56 pm
Interesting that the article insinuates that many problems are urban ones, and therefore voting follows. Maybe we should all just move to the country instead.

Lona G (67)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 5:19 am
How about just a simple one-person-one-vote? Wouldn't that solve a lot of problems besides being the most democratic?

Winn Adams (179)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 8:09 am

Robert O (12)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 9:00 am
Thanks Carrie.

Roger G (148)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 12:56 pm
noted, thanks

Elizabeth M (65)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 2:07 pm
Noted. Thank you for this information - very helpful to me.
Thanks Carrie.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 5:01 pm
Saw this in Daily Kos Election Digest this morning. Have previously seen these maps of the US for 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections. I agree they are very helpful. Unfortunately they are also very helpful to people who want to gerrymander.

The electoral college system does have its advantages, and I used to be opposed to getting rid of it, but I have come around. I would now support a Constitutional Amendment to eliminate it. However I think a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United is more critical and needs to be accomplished first.

Jeremy S (3)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 6:18 pm
This is fascinating. I agree with Joanne Dixon (and others, possibly) that a straight one-person, one vote democracy would solve a host of problems.

We sure would have ended up better off in 2000!

But to the point, this shows that our Founders did make a good choice by not just counting the votes in each state and then casting them equally--imagine if Wyoming's vote had the same effect as New York's! As I said, though, getting rid of the Electoral College (which was developed when people were considered too ill-informed to vote themselves) is the best idea.

New York and California will never go for it.

reft h (66)
Wednesday November 13, 2013, 7:09 pm
very interesting type of map, thanks for showing this

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Thursday November 14, 2013, 5:21 am

John D (49)
Thursday November 14, 2013, 7:21 am

Susanne R (235)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 12:12 am
Carrie, you made my day by posting this article! When I clicked on one of the links contained in the article, I learned that election maps do not take into account population distribution --as mentioned by Robert. For example, the author describes the 2012 Presidential Election map in this way:

"Looking at this map it gives the impression that the Republican won the election handily, since there is rather more red on the map than there is blue. In fact, however, the reverse is true – it was the Democrats who won the election. The explanation for this apparent paradox, as pointed out by many people, is that the map fails to take account of the population distribution. It fails to allow for the fact that the population of the red states is on average significantly lower than that of the blue ones. The blue may be small in area, but they represent a large number of voters, which is what matters in an election."

Twisted or not, the information provided by a cartogram is more accurate.

I saw a great bumper sticker while out grocery shopping today. It read, "Jesus is a liberal."

Thursday November 28, 2013, 5:05 pm
Please get well soon Carrie, miss you xx

Jason S (50)
Wednesday December 11, 2013, 6:42 pm
Good posting, thanks

Süheyla C (234)
Friday January 3, 2014, 4:26 am

. (0)
Friday January 3, 2014, 12:40 pm
After the nid-term elections let us see where the "colors" fall.
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