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It's time for our quasi-quadrennial project: crunching the presidential election results for all 435 congressional districts. I say "quasi" because we've already done this twice now: once following the 2008 election, and again in 2011-12, after each state went through its decennial redistricting process. Now we have a fresh data set from the just-concluded 2012 general election, and it's time to get cracking once more!

The 2008 edition of this project was a serious community effort: It began right after the election and didn't conclude until March 2009. Why did it take so long? The entire exercise is really a two-part project: gathering the data we need, then analyzing it. The latter can be tricky work, but the most time-consuming part by far is the former.

That's because in order to actually crunch the numbers, we need a ton of precinct-level election results. While some states make precinct-level data available via a statewide elections official (like the Secretary of State), many do not. That means a lot of time spent canvassing individual county boards of election. Indeed, our analysis says we need to reach out to no fewer than 180 jurisdictions.

And that in turn means getting down deep into the nitty gritty of very local government: Some BoEs post their precinct results online, some will email them to you if you ask, some require you to call, some even require you to fax or snail-mail a request. Often times, you get ignored, so you need to make multiple requests. And then, oy, sometimes they'll snail-mail you back a hardcopy, which you have to scan! Like I said, it's a serious time-suck.

Now, we're not quite ready to start gathering actual results yet, since we need to wait until official results are certified. The certification deadlines vary from state to state, but generally speaking, they range from November through December. So that means we have to wait a bit before doing actual data collection.

In the meantime, though, you can help us collect contact information for all the county election boards we will eventually need to canvass. You can do that by opening up this spreadsheet, finding any counties which have no contact info, and then Googling and filling things in. We're not looking for anything fancy: just website and contact email address (if they exist), and phone number (which damn well better exist somewhere).

Note that local elections offices aren't always called the "board of elections." They go by lots of different names, like registrar, clerk, and so forth. So sometimes you might need to get a little creative. But all this information should be out there somewhere. And if we can gather it now, it'll make tracking down certified results much easier, as soon as those become available.

Thank you so much for your help! And again, here's the link to get started.

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  •  Was literally just scouring the internet for this (8+ / 0-)

    Got frustrated, decided to swing over by DKos, and here you are.

    I've worked on federal legislation since 2006, and this tool that we all create has been an amazing resource to me and my team for many years. Just wanted to say thanks to David and the DKE / SSP team who do such great work to pull it together. Diving in!

    Oh, the hills are groaning with excess, like a table ceaselessly being set.

    by faithfull on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:26:08 PM PST

    •  Thanks! (1+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY

      And thanks for helping!

      Political Director, Daily Kos

      by David Nir on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 08:58:20 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Question (0+ / 0-)

        David, can  additional counties for CO-03 be added to the spreadsheet?  There are only the major metro counties listed for Colorado on the spreadsheet at this time.  

        "There is only one force in the nation that can be depended upon to keep the government pure and the governors honest, and that is the people themselves.-Thomas Jefferson

        by greenchiledem on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 01:18:42 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  The reason the list is limited (0+ / 0-)

          Is because we're only trying to pull results from counties split between two or more congressional districts. That at least limits us to a huge but just-barely-manageable universe of 180 or so jurisdictions. If we start expanding, then there's no way to stop until we hit all 3,000 counties in the country! So I would ask that people not add any counties not listed already.

          Political Director, Daily Kos

          by David Nir on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 01:27:49 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  The spreadsheet's mostly done now (0+ / 0-)

        But two sections went blank.  It looks like Arizona and Georgia aren't on the list there, so it's probably those two which somehow went missing/got deleted.

        "Taxes are for the little people." Leona Helmsley (before she went to jail for taking that attitude a bit too far)

        by Land of Enchantment on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 04:34:11 PM PST

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        •  they got moved down (1+ / 0-)
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          Land of Enchantment

          Don't know why, but they follow WA's first appearance in the spreadsheet, around row 320. A bunch of other states are there too.

          WA comes around again a little before row 500, this time with all 39 counties displayed.

          Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. -- K.Marx A.Lincoln

          by N in Seattle on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 06:44:37 PM PST

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          •  Might have been a few people (1+ / 0-)
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            N in Seattle

            Being "helpful" - I found some duplicates and (perhaps) additional counties in oddball stray places.  Combined those with their appropriate states.  GA & AZ got the relevant counties filled in again, after being blank for awhile.  It's looking pretty much finished to me now.

            "Taxes are for the little people." Leona Helmsley (before she went to jail for taking that attitude a bit too far)

            by Land of Enchantment on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 06:50:28 PM PST

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          •  Checking back (1+ / 0-)
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            N in Seattle

            Those AZ & GA were blank earlier, for quite some time today (after having been filled out some earlier.)  The content now is what I put in after the target county list was re-entered.  I do see where there's 2 iterations of Washington State.  No idea whose idea that was!!

            "Taxes are for the little people." Leona Helmsley (before she went to jail for taking that attitude a bit too far)

            by Land of Enchantment on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 06:53:12 PM PST

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  •  My whole county (4+ / 0-)

    ... is contained in my Congressional district.  Ditto on several other counties.  Doesn't seem like you'd need precinct level results everywhere.  Like, say, definitely not needed in Montana or Wyoming, either.

    That said, this interests me, and I'd be willing to pitch in.

    "Taxes are for the little people." Leona Helmsley (before she went to jail for taking that attitude a bit too far)

    by Land of Enchantment on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 11:03:59 PM PST

  •  Solano County, CA (2+ / 0-)
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    abgin, MichaelNY

    someone else has provided the website.

    Precinct maps, on the site, are at

    http://www.solanocounty.com/...

    Precinct voting data for all elections thru June are available.

    http://www.solanocounty.com/...

  •  I added all of MD (6+ / 0-)

    that was requested, noting that it is a lesser priority.

  •  NY is done (3+ / 0-)
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    abgin, Odysseus, MichaelNY

    Except no functional BOE website for Suffolk (eastern end of LI). Perhaps still wonky because of Sandy.  I'll check again in a few days.

    Also added to the list for future updates contact for NYS BOE which lists every County BOE contact throughout state. That's what I worked off of. Maybe other states have a similar aganecy which would make accumulating the contacts quicker.

    A fun little task, with interesting place names to roll around on the tongue.  Also interesting to see which pokey little upstate counties had sophisticated, open-handed websites with easy navigation and very voter-oriented, and which (surprising) wealthy, big name county (Westchester) had no way to contact them via email.

    We have absurdly gerrymandered CDs, so you'll practically have to canvas machine by machine.  Good luck!  Contact me if you need further assistance.  I live close enough to state capital to pay a visit to the state BOE Mothership.

    I'll wait on other states to allow locals to roll their own, but will vol. to look up any orphan ones at the end.

    Also noted above post that mentioned maps of precincts; some NY county websites had those and I can recheck and post links to them to help divvy up the counties by Cds. Some appeared to have finely grained election results, some NO results, some appeared to have archival data from previous elections.  Maybe additional fields in your charts would be helpful once you start to suck down the final data?

    Araguato

  •  Arkansas -- this may prove useful. (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, MichaelNY

    Supposed to be posted election night, but I could find no evidence of it yet.

    Arkansas Precinct Map w/results to be posted

  •  It must be mad annoying (3+ / 0-)
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    abgin, Odysseus, MichaelNY

    that NC split so many counties and, presumably, a ton of cities/towns. I'm not envious of your job guys, but I can't wait til this is done!

    NY-14, DC-AL (College), Former SSPer and incredibly distraught Mets fan.

    by nycyoungin on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 01:20:22 AM PST

  •  RI (4+ / 0-)

    the only town that is split is Providence and you can get the precinct results here: http://www.ri.gov/...

    Living in Kyoto-06 (Japan), voting in RI-01, went to college in IL-01.

    by sapelcovits on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 01:27:46 AM PST

  •  You other states are wacky. (3+ / 0-)
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    abgin, dufffbeer, MichaelNY

    Maryland has all the stuff on one page, for every county.

    I looked up NJ and they are very messed up.

  •  What's really frustrating (6+ / 0-)

    is that every state could report this themselves!

    Ok, so I read the polls.

    by andgarden on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 03:39:06 AM PST

  •  I've added all WI counties requested (0+ / 0-)

    Mostly these are county clerk websites, with the exception of Milwaukee County, which has a separate elections board. Some county websites are far easier to navigate than others.

    Male, 22, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02. "You're damn right we're making a difference!" - Senator-Elect Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison)

    by fearlessfred14 on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 09:49:12 AM PST

  •  Added contact info for MA (1+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY

    Except for Fall River, Raynham and Winchendon, all the other towns provide election results on their website, so the work might be relatively easy.

    Where are you planning to get town-by-town results?

    30, (new) MA-7, Unenrolled

    Truman: "The buck stops here!"
    Romney: "The buck stops somewhere in the next county..."

    by Marcus Graly on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 09:50:09 AM PST

    •  Honestly (3+ / 0-)
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      Marcus Graly, MichaelNY, Englishlefty

      The Boston Globe. MA takes FOREVER to officially gather all its town results in one place. The Globe tends to have that data at hand, so we'll use it on a preliminary basis until the state finally certifies. Which won't be until well into next year.

      Political Director, Daily Kos

      by David Nir on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 10:18:22 AM PST

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      •  That's what i suspected (2+ / 0-)
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        LordMike, MichaelNY

        MA is horrible about making detailed information available.  Town by town results will eventually be published and given to the Boston Public Library in print form in, oh, maybe two years or so.

        30, (new) MA-7, Unenrolled

        Truman: "The buck stops here!"
        Romney: "The buck stops somewhere in the next county..."

        by Marcus Graly on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 10:36:25 AM PST

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  •  Do you want Roanoke City or Roanoke County? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    MichaelNY

    Just finishing up the Virginia information

  •  Texas (2+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY, Englishlefty

    I've corrected Bexar to a better phone line and added a note that you should ask for Tony.

    I've also added El Paso (with a similar note) and LaSalle (same here). I'm pretty sure that LaSalle's phone line, when not answered, has a voicemail that says that the number is some crop company. Ignore that, the number is correct.

    22 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); Intern w/ Gallego for Congress; Office Personnel at CCA.

    by wwmiv on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 11:54:15 AM PST

  •  Florida (2+ / 0-)
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    c, MichaelNY

    Links shown are to the Secretary of State's website, not the individual county Supervisors of Election, where many have downloadable results by precinct.

    A fool will lose tomorrow reaching back for yesterday.

    by kansasr on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 12:22:39 PM PST

  •  FLORIDA - incorrect (2+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY, David Nir

    Not sure who is in the spreadsheet filling out Florida links, but they are INCORRECT. The MyFlorida.com links only point to overall numbers for the entire county.

    You need to point to each counties Supervisor of Election website to get PRECINCT data. As far as I can tell the email & phone numbers are correct.

    Example --- Alachua County
    WRONG = http://enight.elections.myflorida.com/...

    CORRECT = http://elections.alachua.fl.us/...

    Now is the time. GOTV. c

    by c on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 12:29:49 PM PST

  •  Look at House results too (2+ / 0-)
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    elizabethawilke, homunq

    The House results are more interesting, and more politically useful: they show that Boehner doesn't have a mandate.  It's useful to look at those numbers and expose the size of the gerrymander.  I managed to crunch the numbers for one state, Pennsylvania.  Republicans got 50.2% of the House vote there, but got 13 of the 18 seats.

    We need to get everyone saying, every time Boehner claims to have a mandate, that he lost by at least half a million votes, and the number is climbing as the counts get completed.

  •  Would love to pitch in! (0+ / 0-)

    This is right up my alley.

    Uncultivated minds are not full of wild flowers, like uncultivated fields. Villainous weeds grow in them, and they are full of toads.--Logan Pearsall Smith

    by elizabethawilke on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 12:40:33 PM PST

  •  I can get some New Jersey data (0+ / 0-)

    Morris County has its results divided by municipality; the Vote-by-Mail numbers haven't been added yet, but should be added to the page soon (if past elections are indicative).

    A lot of other NJ County Clerks publish their results by municipality, but can take a few weeks (or longer) to do it in some instances.

    I'll make a few calls and see what I can gather.

    Stephen

    "We are the leaders we've been waiting for." - Paul Wellstone

    by MrLiberal on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 12:58:19 PM PST

  •  Jackson County, MO (0+ / 0-)

    Jackson County is split into two for elections purposes - the portion inside Kansas City, and the portion outside. The former is entirely within Congressman Cleaver's (5th) district, but the latter is split between that and the 6th. Thismight be the most relevant place to check, when the time comes.

    And if anyone needs anything to be gone to in person in the greater KC area, I can probably help out with that when the time comes.

    How does homeopathy work? | SSP/DKE | -9, -7.79 | "Foreign Seamen, Servants, Negroes, and Other Persons of Mean and Vile Condition." | MO-05 | Yard signs don't vote.

    by gabjoh on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 01:15:29 PM PST

  •  certification deadlines? (0+ / 0-)

    Is there a list of certification deadlines on the Internet?

    •  There is this (0+ / 0-)

      From Ballotpedia. But it needs to be converted into actual dates.

      Political Director, Daily Kos

      by David Nir on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 01:31:18 PM PST

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      •  The law is obviously very inconsistent (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        David Nir, MichaelNY, Inkan1969

        but I compiled a list as best I could understand, albeit with a boatload of caveats (e.g. recounts will slow the certification, there are often no punishments for being late, the dates refer to: the date county boards are required to submit their certification, the date that state boards are required to meet, the date when the state board is required to certify results, or there is no real timeline at all, and I almost certainly missed important details in a few states).

        My favorite line from the law come from Vermont: "The canvassing committee may recess from time to time until it has completed its work."

        Alabama 11/16
        Alaska 11/22
        Arizona 11/26
        Arkansas 11/21
        California 12/14
        Colorado 11/23
        Connecticut 11/28
        Delaware ?
        Florida 11/20
        Georgia 11/20
        Hawaii ?
        Idaho 11/16
        Illinois 12/07
        Indiana 11/19
        Iowa 12/03
        Kansas 12/01
        Kentucky 12/06
        Louisiana 12/06
        Maine 11/26
        Maryland 12/11
        Massachusetts 11/21
        Michigan 11/20
        Minnesota 11/27
        Mississippi 12/06
        Missouri 12/11
        Montana 12/03
        Nebraska 12/16
        Nevada 12/04
        New Hampshire ?
        New Jersey 12/04
        New Mexico 11/27
        New York 12/05
        North Carolina 11/27
        North Dakota 11/23
        Ohio 01/26
        Oklahoma 11/13
        Oregon 12/06
        Pennsylvania 01/01
        Rhode Island ?
        South Carolina ?
        South Dakota 11/23
        Tennessee 11/26
        Texas 12/06
        Utah 12/03
        Vermont ?
        Virginia 12/03
        Washington 11/27
        West Virginia 12/06
        Wisconsin 12/12
        Wyoming ?

        ME-01 (college) ID-01 (home) -9.85, -3.85

        by GoUBears on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 06:17:09 PM PST

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        •  Wow! (1+ / 0-)
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          MichaelNY

          Thank you! After you posted this, I came across this link. I wonder if your dates tie out with theirs.

          Political Director, Daily Kos

          by David Nir on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 07:16:37 PM PST

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          •  As it turns out, BP also has a calendar, (2+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            David Nir, MichaelNY

            http://ballotpedia.org/...

            and the three lists don't agree very well. Here's how it turns out:

            All three agree:

            Florida 11/20
            Iowa 12/03
            Minnesota 11/27
            Montana 12/03
            New Mexico 11/27
            Oklahoma 11/13
            Oregon 12/06
            Texas 12/06
            West Virginia 12/06
            Among the other 27 that each calendar gives a date:
              Me/NASS BP  
            California 12/14 12/07  
            Connecticut 11/28 11/23  
            Georgia 11/20 11/14  
            Illinois 12/07 12/02  
            Maryland 12/11 11/16  
            Missouri 12/11 11/20  
              NASS Me/BP  
            Arkansas 12/21 11/21  
            Indiana 11/27 11/19  
            Kansas 12/05 12/01  
            Mississippi 11/16 12/06  
              Me NASS/BP  
            Alabama 11/16 11/28  
            Alaska 11/22 12/03  
            Arizona 11/26 12/03  
            Idaho 11/16 11/21  
            Kentucky 12/06 11/26  
            Michigan 11/20 11/26  
            Nebraska 12/16 12/03  
            South Dakota 11/23 11/13  
            Utah 12/03 11/26  
            Virginia 12/03 11/26  
            Washington 11/27 12/06  
              NASS Me BP
            Colorado 11/30 11/23 12/06
            Louisiana 11/19 12/06 12/07
            Nevada 11/27 12/04 11/15
            New York 12/15 12/05 12/10
            Ohio 12/07 01/26 11/27
            Wisconsin 12/03 12/12 12/01
            Then those where there are two opinions:
              Me/NASS    
            Maine 11/26    
            New Jersey 12/04    
            North Carolina 11/27    
              Me/BP    
            Tennessee 11/26    
              BP/NASS    
            Wyoming 11/14    
            Delaware 11/08    
              NASS Me BP
            North Dakota 11/16 11/23  
            Massachusetts   11/21 11/28
            Pennsylvania   01/01 11/26
            1 or 0 opinions:
              NASS
            South Carolina 11/14
            Vermont 11/13
              BP
            Hawaii 11/26
              Nobody
            New Hampshire ?
            Rhode Island ?
            Judging by this, this is the most likely schedule:
            Alabama 11/28
            Alaska 12/03
            Arizona 12/03
            Arkansas 11/21
            California 12/14
            Colorado 11/30
            Connecticut 11/28
            Delaware 11/08
            Florida 11/20
            Georgia 11/20
            Hawaii 11/26
            Idaho 11/21
            Illinois 12/07
            Indiana 11/19
            Iowa 12/03
            Kansas 12/01
            Kentucky 11/26
            Louisiana 12/06
            Maine 11/26
            Maryland 12/11
            Massachusetts 11/28
            Michigan 11/26
            Minnesota 11/27
            Mississippi 12/06
            Missouri 12/11
            Montana 12/03
            Nebraska 12/03
            Nevada 11/27
            New Hampshire ?
            New Jersey 12/04
            New Mexico 11/27
            New York 12/10
            North Carolina 11/27
            North Dakota 11/23
            Ohio 12/07
            Oklahoma 11/13
            Oregon 12/06
            Pennsylvania 11/26
            Rhode Island ?
            South Carolina 11/14
            South Dakota 11/13
            Tennessee 11/26
            Texas 12/06
            Utah 11/26
            Vermont 11/13
            Virginia 11/26
            Washington 12/06
            West Virginia 12/06
            Wisconsin 12/03
            Wyoming 11/14
            Chronologically:
            Delaware 11/08
            Oklahoma 11/13
            South Dakota 11/13
            Vermont 11/13
            South Carolina 11/14
            Wyoming 11/14
            Indiana 11/19
            Florida 11/20
            Georgia 11/20
            Arkansas 11/21
            Idaho 11/21
            North Dakota 11/23
            Hawaii 11/26
            Kentucky 11/26
            Maine 11/26
            Michigan 11/26
            Tennessee 11/26
            Utah 11/26
            Virginia 11/26
            Pennsylvania 11/26
            Minnesota 11/27
            Nevada 11/27
            New Mexico 11/27
            North Carolina 11/27
            Alabama 11/28
            Connecticut 11/28
            Massachusetts 11/28
            Colorado 11/30
            Kansas 12/01
            Alaska 12/03
            Arizona 12/03
            Iowa 12/03
            Montana 12/03
            Nebraska 12/03
            Wisconsin 12/03
            New Jersey 12/04
            Louisiana 12/06
            Mississippi 12/06
            Oregon 12/06
            Texas 12/06
            Washington 12/06
            West Virginia 12/06
            Illinois 12/07
            Ohio 12/07
            New York 12/10
            Maryland 12/11
            Missouri 12/11
            California 12/14
            New Hampshire ?
            Rhode Island ?

            ME-01 (college) ID-01 (home) -9.85, -3.85

            by GoUBears on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 08:23:07 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

  •  Crudsourcing (1+ / 0-)
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    David Nir

    Some idiot or idiots are screwing around and replacing good links with garbage. For example, someone replaced the Newton Co, AR results with a link from Newton Co, GA. Now fixed.

    •  Yeah, sigh (0+ / 0-)

      More than a little frustrating to see how un-gently this document got treated. Some people even deleted rows. But thankfully, a lot more people like yourself have been super-helpful.

      Political Director, Daily Kos

      by David Nir on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 07:15:42 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Filled in a couple remaining spots (0+ / 0-)

    Still looking around to see if Crawford and Scott counties in Indiana have websites...

    Uncultivated minds are not full of wild flowers, like uncultivated fields. Villainous weeds grow in them, and they are full of toads.--Logan Pearsall Smith

    by elizabethawilke on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 02:55:17 PM PST

  •  This was very interesting. (1+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY

    The way states and counties organize themselves is very different. Living in Maryland there has never been a question of who voted where and all of the results were published in the paper and now online as well.

    Probably not all jurisdictions have the money to have the tools to input and disseminate data electronically to the public. This should be a priority. It wouldn't cost that much to get them a leg up.

    Frankly I am surprised the gov't hasn't compiled a list like you are making for public use. CIA.gov is a good resource, but this should be a no brainer.

  •  question: (0+ / 0-)

    I filled in the MD counties that were listed/requested, but there are more, mostly the ones that are red. Did you want them all?

    I ask because we got some wacky new shaped congressional districts.

  •  more than willing to help (0+ / 0-)

    David, I'd love to work on putting precinct-level data into CDs. I've done a lot of precinct stuff here in King County, reaching back to 2004, and would do it for my own purposes even if DKE wasn't running this project.

    I've never gone below the county level elsewhere in WA, but the DKE project would spur me into doing so. And I'd also be willing to look at other states, though I'd greatly prefer places where I've lived at some point -- NJ, NH, PA, KY, MA, VT (no need there, of course).

    PS. I'll also put the content of this comment into a Kosmail to you.

    Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. -- K.Marx A.Lincoln

    by N in Seattle on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 10:48:03 AM PST

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