June 13, 2018
A Washington State University graduate student has created what’s believed to be the first map to burrow into the most localized voting results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election…The detailed interactive map probes deeper than red and blue states, going so far as to reveal red and blue neighborhoods. (Go to: http://rynerohla.com/index.html/election-maps/2016-presidential-general-election-maps/) It’s so popular that the server page crashed within an hour of being posted and Rohla continues to field requests from researchers in the U.S. and abroad to use his data.
“The project satisfied my curiosity about the voting decisions made by Americans during a brief, but monumental, window of time. Also, by zooming into very local levels, the data I compiled will generate a lot of good research,” he said. “I think people are naturally curious about their own neighborhood and, beyond that, where they grew up, went to school, dated, hung out. The precinct-level returns gives them the sharpest imaginable view of the presidential election — a race that many are still scratching their heads over.”