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Our Favorite Political Vizzes

We're wrapping up #VizTheVote politics month with a collection of visualizations we hope will inspire you to dig deep into political data and share your findings with the world with Tableau Public. Whether it's for a local town election or a national race, visualizations that showcase new insights can help digitally engage an audience civically and inform their choices in the polling booth.

Without further adieu, here's the roundup:

Sophie is a fan of Daniel Lima's socionomic analysis of Brazil's 2014 presidential election published by O Globo

"I really like this political viz on Tableau Public. I think showing the trend lines on the scatter plots really makes the socio-economic differences between voters pop out. Also using story points really helps take the reader though each issue involved in a visually easily digestible way."

Ben likes this 2012 Electoral College map by Adam McCann

"This is my favorite political viz on Tableau Public because it’s not only visually stunning – author Adam McCann makes use of a creative visualization type known as a cartogram – but it’s also analytically powerful – move the sliders on the right to simulate who would win the election in various scenarios. When I first saw this viz, my reaction was “this is Tableau?”

Jewel chose Campaign Finance in the NYC Mayoral Race by Kristen Lee of the New York Daily News

"In addition to the clean design of this great viz from New York Daily News, I really liked the ability to look at funding from places outside of the NYC area. It was really crazy to see how people all over the country (and even outside the country) are very invested in the future of New York City.”

Tara's favorite is La Nación's presidential twitter analysis by Yanina Ronconi

"In today’s society, Twitter can be a powerful tool that can help candidates win elections. I enjoy that La Nación looked into various president’s social profile on Twitter to see which had the most followers and tweets. I also like that La Nación added presidents’ faces to the viz – it makes the viz feel more personal.”

Ellie enjoys MapLight's illustration of campaign contributions to the California Assembly and State Senators

"An older viz by MapLight is my favourite. It’s not as beautiful as the others, but for sheer impact, tracking the money that each state legislator gets and from who is pure gold.”

Dash decides to highlight Gazeta do Povo's visualization of the 2014 Brazilian presidential election

"I really like this viz because of how well designed it is. The severely washed-out map blends seamlessly with the white background, allowing the bright blue/red data points to jump out at the viewer. The solid design extends to the thumbnail image of the two cartoon-character candidates in the vim’s bottom right that is hilarious. Overall it is a very well executed political visualization that does playfully and artfully draws the attention of any/all viewers.”

Andrew appreciates El Comercio's illustration of changes in the Peruvian Congress by Ángel Hugo Pilares

"Though not as flashy as others, Pilares did a great job of illustrating how the distribution of party seats changed between 2011-2014. His clean, intuitive design invites readers to discover which parties have dominated in the past few years and which ones were able to gain only a temporary foothold in Peru's legislative body."

Hopefully highlighting these great political visualizations has geared up your imagination. And we'd like to give a huge thanks to all the authors featured here for contributing such stellar examples to our community!

Download Tableau Public 8.2 to try it for yourself!

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Our Favorite Political Vizzes

We're wrapping up #VizTheVote politics month with a collection of visualizations we hope will inspire you to dig deep into political data and share your findings with the world with Tableau Public. Whether it's for a local town election or a national race, visualizations that showcase new insights can help digitally engage an ...

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#Indyref and Creating Pop-Up Charts in Tableau

For #VizTheVote month I wanted to take a closer look into what has arguably been one of the biggest political events this year in the UK – the Scottish independence referendum (the outcome: on 18 September 2014 Scotland voted ‘No’ and chose to remain part of Great ...

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Mapping California's Legislative Districts

Editor's note: a huge thanks to Jim Miller of The Sacramento Bee for contributing this guest blog post.
California’s campaign season might seem a little sleepy from the perspective of people in other states. There are no hot-button U.S. Senate ...

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Collecting and Joining Congressional Voting Data

A lot of people don't know this but before I entered the world of Pokemon and Hello Kitty visualizations, I actually did some serious data work. I interned at a thinktank in Arizona helping them do data analysis for their annual Congressional Report Card. We had a monster ...

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Reviziting Bush, Gore, & Florida

It’s politics month here at Tableau Public! We are preparing for Election Day in the US (November 4th people, mark your calendars!) with our #VizTheVote theme, and so we thought we would write some blog posts about visualizing voting data and election results. I wanted to ...

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Senatorial Actions

For #VizTheVote month, I found some surface level data about the 100 United States Senators – name, party, class, and website. At first, I wasn’t sure of what kind of viz to make because there were many different angles I could take. Did I want my readers to learn more about the individual senators? Or, did I find meaning in ...

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It's Politics Month! #VizTheVote

It’s politics month! With the midterm elections coming up at the beginning of November, it seemed like the perfect time to do politics month - #VizTheVote! We will feature a wide-range of politically-themed content this month, from how-to/tutorials to guest blog posts and ...

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Fanalytics 2014: Feed your Passion for Data

One may think that basketball, the Partridge Family, and Seattle street accidents have nothing in common. However, a shared thread between each of these is DATA and the desire to have fun by learning more from the data!
Fanalytics seeks to bring these data-lovers (or ...

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The session that launched a thousand blogs

I had the extreme pleasure of hosting two great Tableau Public panels at TC14 in Seattle this year. The first was called "Making a Viz that Stops Traffic" and I was joined by three Tableau Public all-stars: Dan Montgomery, Paul Banoub, and Anya A'Hearn. We had a great time ...

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Dash Board Top 10

Since joining the Tableau Public team three weeks ago as its first Sports Data Analyst, I have had the enviable job of coming up with interesting visualizations about football data, to herald the beginnings of the NFL and NCAAF seasons. As I am still myself a novice Tableau user, I thought that in this post I would walk through the ...

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