nutria wrote:Sure, CB, I'll explain it to you. You see, what you posted is a map, and this one in particular is a map of Wisconsin. Each of the small areas on this map are called counties. You'll notice, that each of these counties is one of two different colors, red or blue. Now, you're probably wondering why each of these counties is a different color, and in particular, why red or blue? Well, CB, recently Wisconsin had an election and the different color of those counties signify which of the two major candidates received the most votes in that county. Now, here's where you'll want to pay special attention. You'll notice a smaller box in the top right portion of the map. This is called the key. What the key does is tell the map's viewer what the different shapes, lines, or in this case, colors, on the map represent. You'll notice that one of the candidate is in a red box, and the other has a blue box near his name. Now, and this is the crucial part, the candidate in the red box received the majority of the votes in the counties colored red. And, and this might not be obvious, but the candidate with the blue box near his name received the majority of votes in the counties colored blue. Right now, you're probably asking yourself, "how did the red counties know to vote for the red candidate?" That's what's interesting about this map. The counties aren't actually red or blue in real life. I'll give you a moment to let that sink in. Those colors were filled in after the election.
I hope my explanation has helped you. If not, just let me know, and I'll be happy to slow it down for you.
You forgot to explain the part where the size
of the county
on the map
has nothing to do with the number
who voted in the election
. Milwaukee County, for example, looks very small on the map
but it includes many, many, many more voters
than counties that cover a larger area. A map
like this can tell you which candidate
won each county's vote and where
the county is located, but not how many
people voted in the county or the difference
between the candidates in the final vote tally
Personally I find the interactive maps that give results and percentages when the cursor hovers over the county far more interesting and enlightening. If I could find ward-by-ward results, that would be better yet.