There are better ways to map voting results. So why do we stick with the same old red and blue?
Cartograms adjust the sizes of states to reflect the number of votes they have in the electoral college. Each hexagon on this cartogram from FiveThirtyEight represents an electoral vote.
Map courtesy Ella Koeze, Fivethirtyeight
By Greg Miller
PUBLISHED October 12, 2016
It’s hard to look at the news this year without seeing a red and blue map of the United States. These maps are a national obsession, and they have a long history, but they’re also deeply flawed.
You can see why in the map below, which shows the results from the 2012 election. The vast sea of red in the middle of the country might lead you to believe Mitt Romney won. But land masses don’t decide elections, the electoral college does. Montana may be big, but it has fewer electoral votes than tiny Rhode Island.