In a Presidential election year, we all spend a lot of time looking at maps to try to make sense of the news. Newspapers and television programs show us poll results, campaign events and voting patterns on maps, and show us various scenarios.
But now that we have Google Maps, we can all play around with this kind of mapped data. How does the current CNN polling compare with the New York Times projections? What if Pennsylvania goes red and Ohio goes blue this year? You can play around with the possibilities on the map below just by choosing different data sources using the dropdown, and clicking on each state to cycle through red, blue and toss-up and looking at the effect on the electoral votes. If you want a historical perspective, you can use the dropdown to see the electoral map for every presidential election back to 1932.
Elections ’08 Map Gallery — The Electoral Votes map is just one of the maps in Google’s Elections ’08 Map Gallery. You’ll also find maps showing the Campaign Trail, videos of Obama and McCain’s campaign appearances, and more. These maps are a great example of three trends– they’re geographical, interactive and embeddable.