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Maps: What the 2012 election would have looked like before universal suffrage

One last (???) comment on the US presidential election...

President Barack Obama has been elected twice by a coalition that reflects the diversity of America.... But at America's founding, only white men could vote, and the franchise has only slowly expanded to include people of color, women, and ... people under 21. These maps show how American politics would have looked in that undemocratic past.

From Buzzfeed:

(keep reading for more maps...)

Of course, such maps give a skewed picture of the political views of 2012's white men (or whatever group is being shown). In almost all states, a razor-thin majority can assign all the state's electors to the winning candidate; a 50.1%-49.9% vote (if it survives a recount) has the same effect as a 99%-1% vote.

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    Chris G

    I find it difficult to impossible to believe that a majority of white men voted republican in California

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    Grinning Cat

    Another important criticism of maps like these, quite apart from the all-or-nothing coloring scheme, is that they suggest "one acre, one vote" rather than "one person, one vote".

    Cartograms can correct for this, distorting the map to bring areas in line with population (or the number of electoral votes, or whatever numbers are of interest). From "Views of the World":

    (See also www.worldmapper.org .)

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      Chris G

      Here's another map showing vote distribution. 

      Sorry I didn't keep the source information.

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